DLSI (A Mahindra- BAE Systems Company)
presents first Mine Protected Vehicle - India [MPV-I] to Jharkhand Police
Indigenously manufactured vehicle with world class technical expertise
· Designed to save the lives of our Defence forces in counter insurgency operations
· Indigenously manufactured with world class technology at state of the art plant in Palwal, Faridabad
· Developed specifically to meet the needs of the Indian armed and paramilitary forces
· Made in India vehicle will offer a high level of protection at a cost effective price
· DLSI to train drivers & mechanics to ensure optimum use
Delhi: Brig Khutub Hai, MD & CEO, Defence Land Systems India (DLSI), , today handed over the keys of the Company’s first Mine Protected Vehicle India (MPV-I) to Mr. B B Pradhan, Additional Director General of Police, Jharkhand Police, commencing fulfillment of the State’s order of six MPVIs. DLSI is a joint venture enterprise between Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (74%) and global defence and security company BAE Systems PLC (26%).
Speaking on the occasion, Brig Hai said, “This is a proud moment for DLSI as this is the first such vehicle of its kind indigenously manufactured by the private sector industry being delivered to the Police Forces in the country. I assure the ADGP, Jharkhand Police that the MPV-I will meet all the stated parameters and we hope it will greatly enhance the operational effectiveness of the Police forces in Naxal affected areas of the country.”
In order to ensure smooth induction of these vehicles, into the force, DLSI is also training a fleet of drivers and mechanics of the Jharkhand Police force to ensure optimum use of the vehicle. Moreover, DLSI will also provide complete life cycle support to the Police for these vehicles.
Built with technology and product capability transfer from BAE Systems in South Africa world leader in this technology, the MPV-I, Brig. Hai said, “The vehicle combines excellent Ballistic and Blast Protection capabilities. Built on Ural Chassis it incorporates a 'V' shaped mono hull chassis which directs the force of the blast away from the occupants, has been tested to withstand the highest level of protection available in the country. In addition to the enhanced protection, the 6x6 vehicle has a powerful engine that ensures high mobility and can carry an entire operational team making it ideally suited for anti-terrorist and anti-Naxal operations. Brig Hai also informed that DLSI has commenced serial production of its Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV-I) at its state of the art factory at Prithla, near Faridabad which has a present installed capacity of 100 MPV-I per annum.
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