Trucks for export [INDODEF16-D3]

04 November 2016

Indian company Tata Motors (Hall D, Stand 228) is displaying two of its latest production cross-country military trucks, the LPTA715 and the LPTA 2036.

The Tata LPTA 715 (4x4) is being shown in the Troop Carrier General Support (GS) role, with a two-door fully enclosed cab and the cargo area at the rear fitted with bows and a tarpaulin cover. According to Tata, it has delivered more than 50,000 to the Indian Army and normally delivers 3,000 units a year.

The second vehicle being shown is the LPTA 2036 (6x6) High Mobility Vehicle (HMV), with the Indian Army placing a contract for 1,800 units.

This is fitted with a forward control cab equipped with a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for maximum crew comfort. It is powered by a Cummins diesel developing 370hp coupled to a manual transmission, and a central tyre pressure system is fitted for improved cross-country mobility. To of the rear of the cab is a hydraulically operated mechanical handing crane, and a front-mounted self-recovery winch is also fitted.

The company is also moving into the armoured fighting vehicle domain and has built a single example of the Kestrel (8x8) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to meet the potential requirements of the Indian Army. It is the first vehicle of its type to be designed and built in India in cooperation with the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation.

Kestrel has a hull of all-welded steel armour with an applique passive armour package and is fully amphibious. Gross vehicle weight is scalable from 22.5 up to 26 tonnes and it typically has a crew of two and ten dismounts. A wide range of weapon systems can be mounted on the roof, such as the complete turret of the Russian BMP-2, which is used by the Indian Army.

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