DLSI hands over first Indigenously manufactured Mine Protected Vehicle
Written by Ganesh   
Saturday, 27 August 2011
New Delhi: Defence Land Systems India (DLSI), a 74% - 26% joint venture between Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, India and BAE Systems plc, has handed over the Company's first Indigenously manufactured Mine Protected Vehicle India (MPV-I) to the Jharkhand Police, commencing  fulfillment of the State’s order of six MPVIs. DLSI is headquartered in New Delhi with manufacturing based at a purpose-built plant in Prithla located near Faridabad, just outside of Delhi.

Brig Khutub Hai, MD & CEO, Defence Land Systems India (DLSI), said that DLSI has commenced serial production of its Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV-I) at its factory at Prithla, near Faridabad which has a present installed capacity of 100 MPV-I per annum.

The MPVI is built with technology and product capability transfer from BAE Systems in South Africa. The special armoured steel for the vehicle's protective body comes from Sweden.  The engine and chassis are from Russian Ural vehicles that are manufactured at Haldia, West Bengal. It is built into a monocoque body using kits imported from South Africa.

DLSI's manufacturing plant is a first-of-its-kind in the private defence manufacturing sector. Certified to ISO 9001-2008 standards, the Plant has been set up to carry out design, development and manufacture of specialized military vehicles, armouring of light and medium category vehicles,  Mine Protected Vehicles and  specialist vehicles for  the Defence Forces, Para-Military Forces, Central and  State Police Forces. The plant has an advanced facility for design, product development and prototyping of bespoke vehicle applications to suit each customer.

The company has supplied bullet resistant light vehicles to the Army, Para Military Forces and Central and State Police Forces.

"The vehicle combines excellent Ballistic and Blast Protection capabilities. Built on Ural Chassis it incorporates a 'V' shaped mono hull chassis which directs the force of the blast away from the occupants, has been tested to withstand the highest level of protection available in the country. In addition to the enhanced protection, the 6x6 vehicle has a powerful engine that ensures high mobility and can carry an entire operational team making it ideally suited for anti-terrorist and anti-Naxal operations," said Brig Khutub Hai.

In order to ensure smooth induction of these vehicles, into the force, DLSI is also training a fleet of drivers and mechanics of the Jharkhand Police force to ensure optimum use of the vehicle. Moreover, DLSI will also provide complete life cycle support to the Police for these vehicles.

DLSI also hopes for large orders from the army for the MPVI. MPVs built by the Tatas and Ashok Leyland are significantly lighter than DLSI's and are designed to withstand 8-10 kilos of TNT, as opposed to a 21 kilo blast-resistance of DLSI's MPVI.

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