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The Indian Army’s quest for Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicles (LAMV) is gaining momentum with the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) granting Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the procurement of 800 LAMVs. This acquisition is intended for the Mechanised Infantry and Armoured Corps, following a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Indian Army.

Insiders familiar with the matter have revealed that four major domestic automobile companies in India responded to the RFI last year. With the AoN approval in place, the final evaluation and trial phases are expected to commence shortly.

Ashok Leyland, one of the bidders, has proposed the development of LAMV based on Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Vehicle or Common Vehicle Next Generation (CVNG). Ashok Leyland has previously adapted Lockheed Martin’s CVNG platform to create the Light Bullet Proof Vehicle (LBPV) to meet the Indian Air Force’s requirements. This same CVNG platform will now be modified to align with the specific requirements of the Indian Army.

Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd has offered a Light Specialist Vehicle developed in collaboration with the American company AM General, using the iconic HMMWV (Humvee or Hummer) platform used by the US Army.

TATA’s proposal includes the LAMV, featuring a V-shaped hull mounted on a 4×4 chassis. This vehicle has dimensions of 5.5 meters in length, 2.5 meters in width, and 2.3 meters in height, with a gross vehicle weight of 8,000 kg and a payload capacity of 1,500 kg.

Mahindra, another contender, has submitted a proposal, although it’s unclear on which platform it is based. Mahindra’s Armored Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV) is already in use by the Indian Army, but it cannot carry a one-ton payload. Therefore, Mahindra may have proposed a larger platform with a higher-capacity engine to meet this requirement. In 2021, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd for the supply of 1,300 light specialist vehicles.

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