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Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS), a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, has begun supplying the Armado, a newly designed Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV), to the Indian armed forces. This marks a significant milestone for MDS, with deliveries exceeding 719 vehicles in the current financial year (FY24) – the highest annual total for the company including the ALSV, Markshman, and Mrap models.

The Armado is designed for versatility and can adapt to various operational needs. It boasts ballistic protection of up to B7 Stanag Level II, making it suitable for counter-terrorism operations, patrolling conflict zones, and supporting special forces. Its capabilities extend to carrying ammunition, functioning as a reconnaissance vehicle, and patrolling borders. The Armado’s design enables it to navigate challenging terrains, from open fields to deserts.

Under the hood, the Armado packs a powerful punch with a 3.2-litre turbocharged, direct-injection diesel engine. This engine, compatible with Nato-grade diesel, delivers 215 horsepower and 500 Nm of peak torque, as reported by Autocar India. Power is distributed to all wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission system.

The Armado offers impressive performance, reaching speeds exceeding 120 kilometers per hour and accelerating from 0 to 60 kilometers per hour in just 12 seconds, despite its robust build. It boasts a payload capacity of 1,000 kilograms.

The vehicle is equipped with 318/80 R17 profile tires designed to handle punctures and even operate with no air pressure. Additionally, a centralized tire inflation system is integrated for on-the-go tire management. The Armado can be customized as either a left-hand drive or a right-hand drive vehicle to suit operational requirements.

Passenger capacity can be configured to seat six comfortably, including the driver, with the option to accommodate up to eight personnel.