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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) showcased the first-ever Mahindra Mahindra-developed Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) variant of the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) at the Maharashtra MSME Defence Expo 2024.

Speaking to, DRDO officials revealed that the Mahindra WhAP variant incorporates valuable feedback received from the Indian Army. This “second-generation” WhAP boasts of several improvements over earlier iterations developed by Tata Advanced Systems.

Key Features of the Mahindra WhAP:

  • Compact Design: The Mahindra WhAP is designed to be more compact than its predecessors, offering greater maneuverability in challenging environments.
  • Weight Reduction: The new variant has undergone weight optimization, potentially improving fuel efficiency and operational performance.
  • High-Altitude Optimization: The 600Hp Diesel engine performance has been specifically optimized for high-altitude operations, addressing a crucial concern for the Indian Army.
  • Enhanced Protection: The vehicle is also now equipped with additional protective measures to safeguard personnel against ATGM threats.

The Indian Army has already inducted one Tata-developed WhAP for internal testing and evaluation. Additionally, they have incorporated two batches of Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicles (IPMVs) a toned-down variant of the WhAP lacking amphibious capabilities into their fleet.

Looking ahead, the Army has expressed interest in procuring 50 units of the CBRN variant showcased by Mahindra. Larsen & Toubro, another Indian company, is also developing its own WhAP variant under a technology transfer agreement with DRDO.

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