Wide-rang­ing Ve­hi­cles for Di­verse Roles

Cur­rently, the In­dian Army is look­ing for multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cles (MPVS), light bul­let proof ve­hi­cles (Lt BPVS), light strike ve­hi­cles (LSVS) for the in­fantry bat­tal­ions for its var­i­ous roles in ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal se­cu­rity du­ties and re­con­nais­sance vehi

SP's LandForces - - Front Page - LT GEN­ERAL (RETD) V.K. KAPOOR

FOR IN­DIAN ARMY, THE term spe­cial ve­hi­cle has a num­ber of con­no­ta­tions and there­fore there are a large va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles which fall un­der this term. They range from the heavy ve­hi­cles cat­e­gory like the tank trans­porters which are meant to trans­port 40 to 60 tonne tanks mounted on trail­ers towed by more pow­er­ful high mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cles to high mo­bil­ity trucks re­quired to carry heavy lo­gis­tic loads like fuel oil and lu­bri­cants (FOL) and tank, ar­tillery and air de­fence am­mu­ni­tion, when mov­ing across coun­try, away from met­alled roads, be­hind strike for­ma­tions, in offensive op­er­a­tions. The lat­ter (spe­cial lo­gis­tic ve­hi­cles) cater to all types of lo­gis­tic loads to en­able the strike for­ma­tions to have a “self-con­tained ca­pa­bil­ity” for a lim­ited pe­riod of time dur­ing which pe­riod the com­bat en­gi­neers are expected to lay “tracks” in the area over­run by the at­tack­ing for­ma­tions to es­tab­lish their nor­mal daily re­plen­ish­ment sched­ule. Thus the con­cerned for­ma­tions es­tab­lish their daily re­plen­ish­ment sched­ule through a sup­ply chain man­age­ment es­tab­lished by the ad­min­is­tra­tive staff of the higher for­ma­tion. The re­plen­ish­ment ve­hi­cles which move on tracks made by the en­gi­neers are based on nor­mal trucks which may be termed as heavy or medium de­pend­ing mainly upon their load car­ry­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. The medium cat­e­gory is used as am­bu­lances for trans­porta­tion of troops, or even mount­ing of heav­ier weapons, etc. These types of ve­hi­cles are avail­able in the mar­ket ex­cept that the ones used by the Army are spe­cially mod­i­fied ac­cord­ing to the ser­vice re­quire­ment and all are in­vari­ably 4x4 wheeled drive with a bet­ter ca­pa­bil­ity to travel across the coun­try, away from metal roads. An­other cat­e­gory of heavy ve­hi­cles are the heavy re­cov­ery ve­hi­cles of the elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neers (EME) for re­cov­er­ing tanks, in­fantry com­bat ve­hi­cles, mis­sile ve­hi­cles, com­mand post ve­hi­cles, and other heavy ve­hi­cles which break down or get stuck in mud or sand.

Light and Medium Cat­e­gory Ve­hi­cles

In the light and medium ve­hi­cles cat­e­gory are also in­cluded ve­hi­cles which are used for trans­porta­tion of lim­ited num­ber of troops, li­ai­son of com­man­ders, ra­dio fit­ted ve­hi­cles of com­man­ders at var­i­ous lev­els, for mount­ing of heavy weapons, move­ment of re­con­nais­sance teams for re­con­nais­sance of ter­rain and ob­sta­cle sys­tems and for spe­cial pur­poses such as nu­clear, bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal (NBC) re­con­nais­sance. All these types of ve­hi­cles have the same chas­sis but are mod­i­fied for their spe­cific role. Cur­rently, the In­dian Army is look­ing for multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cles (MPVs), light bul­let proof ve­hi­cles (Lt BPVs), light strike ve­hi­cles (LSVs) for the in­fantry bat­tal­ions for its var­i­ous roles in ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal se­cu­rity du­ties and re­con­nais­sance ve­hi­cles for the ar­moured and mech­a­nised units and NBC units.

This ar­ti­cle gives a few ex­am­ples of high mo­bil­ity mul­ti­pur­pose (wheeled) ve­hi­cles avail­able in the mar­ket which can be put to use in the above roles.

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