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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

ARMY OWNED WhAP SEEN AT DEFENCE EXPO

DRDO-Tata Motors developed Wheeled Armored Platform (WhAP) that was showcased for the first time in 2014 and only one unit inducted by the Indian Army for Internal testing bases might eventually might new customers in the Paramilitary forces as Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Assam Rifles will start trials of the newly built WhAP soon.

Tata Motors has started manufacturing pre-production WhAP customized as per requirements of the Para Military forces and soon will be transferred for user trials. Unlike the Army version that is equipped with stabilized 30 mm cannon 2A42 on the turret , the Paramilitary variant will only get a 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun mounted to the left of the main armament with 2,000 rounds.

WhAP already has completed cross country and firing trials by the company and one unit was inducted into the Indian Army that has been carrying out extensive user trials from 2018 onwards on high altitude regions in Sikkim and Ladhak.

WhAP is around 25 tons and is powered by a 600 hp diesel engine that can reach a maximum road speed of 100 km/h. For amphibious operations, the WhAP is propelled in the water at a maximum speed of 10 km/h thanks to two hydro jets mounted at the rear of the vehicle.

WhAP has been offered in six variants to the Indian Army. It was expected that the 30 mm cannon and 105mm Light Gun variant might find their place in the Indian Army but for some reason, Army is still carrying out extensive user trials.

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