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In a significant stride towards strengthening its operational capabilities, the Indian Army has inducted more Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicles (IPMV) into its fleet. Developed by India’s private sector defense industry giant, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), these IPMVs mark a significant advancement in the indigenous development of military vehicles. The green-liveried IPMVs have been observed in the Sikkim sector, indicating the delivery of these new platforms to the Indian Army.

This development follows the delivery of 8×8 IPMVs by TASL to the Indian Army last year, which were subsequently deployed in the Ladakh sector. The IPMV project is a collaborative effort between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO),. The IPMV is based on the 8×8 Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP), which has been designed and developed indigenously by TASL along with the Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), a unit of DRDO.

A significant aspect of the IPMV is its status as India’s first indigenous Amphibious Wheeled Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV). This achievement underscores India’s technological prowess and its ability to develop advanced military platforms on par with global standards. The IPMV boasts a modular design that can accommodate an engine generating 600bhp, incorporating an independent hydropneumatic suspension system. This design ensures superior mobility and adaptability across diverse terrains.

With a land speed of 80kmph and an aquatic speed of 8kmph, the IPMV displays impressive mobility capabilities, enabling it to swiftly traverse both on land and water. Such versatility is crucial in modern military operations, where the ability to swiftly transition across different environments is of paramount importance.

Integral to the IPMV’s capabilities is the in-house designed and developed Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) by TASL. This advanced weapon system is equipped with thermal sights, enhancing the vehicle’s combat effectiveness, especially during nighttime operations or in adverse weather conditions. Additionally, the IPMVs also feature external add-on armor protection panels, which have been developed by the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory of DRDO. This armor ensures enhanced survivability and protection for the crew, further solidifying the IPMV’s role in enhancing soldier safety on the battlefield.

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