India’s state-linked DCM Shriram Industries Limited (DSIL) has taken the opportunity at Defexpo 2018 in Chennai to showcase its indigenously developed 4x4 Zebu Light Bullet Proof Vehicle (LBPV).
The Zebu LPBV is a right-hand drive, all-terrain multirole tactical armoured vehicle that is operated by crew of two, with accommodation for up to four fully equipped dismounts in the protected rear compartment and a maximum payload of 550 kg.
The company says that the vehicle is protected against small arms fire and improvised explosive device (IED) blasts up to STANAG 4569 Level 1/NIJ Level III, and also HE36 grenade fragments.
A water-cooled, four-stroke in-line turbocharged engine with a power-to-weight ratio of 44 hp/tonne, coupled to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, enables the vehicle to attain a maximum road speed of 100 km/h and a range in excess of 300 km.
Engine options in use by Zebu operators include 2.2-, 3.2- and 3.8 litre powerplants.
In terms of cross-country mobility, the company has stated that it can approach and depart obstacles that are steeper than 30°, and can ford waters up to 500 mm deep.
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