Ashok Ley­land: A Na­tion’s Mov­ing Force

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FOR OVER SIX DECADES, Ashok Ley­land has been in the busi­ness of mov­ing peo­ple and goods and is one of In­dia’s largest com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers. Pi­o­neers in the de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of de­fence trans­port so­lu­tions, Ashok Ley­land is the largest sup­plier of lo­gis­tics ve­hi­cles to the In­dian Army with close to 70,000 ‘Stal­lion’ ve­hi­cles in use.

A Re­la­tion­ship of Sub­stance

The seeds for this re­la­tion­ship of sub­stance with the In­dian Army were sown in the 1970s, with the sup­ply of 1,000 num­bers of the com­pany’s ‘Hippo’, a ve­hi­cle spe­cially con­fig­ured for the Army. In 1994, the hugely suc­cess­ful ‘Stal­lion’ plat­form was in­ducted fol­lowed by the ink­ing of a trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy agree­ment with Ord­nance Fac­to­ries Board for the co-pro­duc­tion of the ‘Stal­lion’ 4x4 at Ve­hi­cle Fac­tory, Ja­balpur.

The ‘Stal­lion’ plat­form was first de­vel­oped as a 4x4 ve­hi­cle for var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions such as gen­eral ser­vice roles, troop car­ri­ers, water bowsers, fuel bowsers, light re­cov­ery ve­hi­cles that have been tested and proven in the most de­mand­ing of op­er­at­ing con­di­tions: in al­ti­tudes of over 5,500 me­tres and in the deserts of Ra­jasthan and in tem­per­a­tures of -35 de­grees Cel­sius to +50 de­grees Cel­sius.

The com­pany’s ex­pand­ing port­fo­lio of De­fence ve­hi­cles fea­ture the Light Re­cov­ery Ve­hi­cle for the In­dian Army/DGBR, the 5 KL Water Bowser with twin stain­less steel in­su­lated walls water tanks mounted on the Stal­lion for car­ry­ing potable water for the jawans at ex­treme tem­per­a­tures, the Truck Fire Fight­ing 4x2, gun tow­ing ve­hi­cle Topchi 4x4, Mo­bile Re­frig­er­ated Con­tain­ers and Fuel Dis­pensers.

A new plat­form – the ‘Su­per Stal­lion’ has been in­tro­duced to an­swer the high mo­bil­ity re­quire­ments of the In­dian Army. The ‘Su­per Stal­lion’ in 8x8 and 6x6 con­fig­u­ra­tions as a High Mo­bil­ity Ve­hi­cle (HMV) is the new flag­ship ve­hi­cle. En­gi­neered to per­form with high mo­bil­ity and power in ar­du­ous desert ter­rains, this ve­hi­cle can be of­fered for a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions for tow­ing Field Ar­tillery, for mount­ing guns, for mount­ing elec­tronic war­fare equip­ment and as mis­sile car­ri­ers with dif­fer­ent trans­mis­sion and driv­e­line con­fig­u­ra­tions. The HMV 8x8 is, at present, prov­ing its worth by un­der­go­ing tri­als with the Army.

The ‘Stal­lion’ in a 6x6 con­fig­u­ra­tion with a new en­gine and auto trans­mis­sion is on of­fer to op­er­ate in de­mand­ing, moun­tain­ous ter­rains. This ve­hi­cle can be de­ployed as Troop Car­ri­ers, Water and Fuel Bowsers, Light Re­cov­ery Ve­hi­cles and as the base ve­hi­cle to mount com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment and com­mand con­trol posts.

Both the 4x4 and 6x6 ver­sions have been sup­plied to var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers in­clud­ing the Hon­duras Army, an Amer­i­can or­gan­i­sa­tion for op­er­a­tion in Iraq and Afghanistan and more re­cently to Thai­land and South Africa.

Ashok Ley­land De­fence Sys­tems

Ashok Ley­land De­fence Sys­tems is a fo­cused de­fence sec­tor joint ven­ture com­pany that will be en­gaged in the man­u­fac­ture of a range of spe­cialised tac­ti­cal and ar­moured ve­hi­cles to meet the emerg­ing needs of In­dia’s armed forces. The prod­uct range will of­fer state-ofthe-art per­for­mance while achiev­ing high lev­els of lo­cal con­tent and cost com­pet­i­tive­ness.

Ashok Ley­land De­fence has al­ready of­fered ve­hi­cle plat­forms for Mine Pro­tected Ve­hi­cles (MPVs), FATs, Multi-Bar­rel Rocket Launch­ers (MBRLs) and other spe­cial ap­pli­ca­tions and will soon have in its port­fo­lio ar­mored ve­hi­cles with mil­i­tary pay­loads rang­ing from 1.5 to 20 tonnes. ALDS will also have prod­ucts on the ‘Colt’ plat­form that will fea­ture, among oth­ers, Light Spe- cial­ist Ve­hi­cles (LSVs). With su­pe­rior pro­tec­tion, im­proved agility and en­hanced per­for­mance, this new range of ve­hi­cles will fur­ther the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of In­dian de­fence.

With pro­duc­tion oper­a­tions in Sen­gadu, near Chen­nai, Ashok Ley­land De­fence has a team of de­fence pro­fes­sion­als bring­ing do­main ex­per­tise to their tasks. It lever­ages Ashok Ley­land’s ex­pe­ri­ence of over four decades in de­fence lo­gis­tics as well as draws strength from its re­la­tion­ship with some of the world’s best ex­po­nents of tac­ti­cal and ar­moured ve­hi­cles like

France, pi­o­neers in the de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of light ar­moured ve­hi­cles, to jointly de­velop light tac­ti­cal ve­hi­cles. The com­pany also has a MoU with

De­fense, Pan­hard Gen­eral Krauss-Maf­fei Weg­mann (KMW) GmbH,

Ger­many, to jointly de­velop ad­vanced de­fence sys­tems for the In­dian de­fence es­tab­lish­ment as well as other de­fence forces world­wide.

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Light tac­ti­cal and ar­moured ve­hi­cle on the COLT plat­form

The Su­per Stal­lion 8x8 - en­gi­neered to per­form with high mo­bil­ity and power in ar­du­ous desert ter­rains

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