General MM Naravane, the Chief of Army Staff, inducted indigenously developed specialty vehicles into the army on Tuesday. The Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle Medium (QRFV), Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicle (IPMV), Ultra Long Range Observation System (ULROS) developed by Tata Advanced System Limited (TASL), and Monocoque Hull Multi Role Mine Protected Armoured Vehicle developed by Bharat Forge were the first indigenously developed vehicles.
General MM Naravane is in Pune for a two-day visit with Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Manoj Pande. The Army Chief inducted the first set of indigenously developed Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle Medium (QRFV), Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicle (IPMV), Ultra Long Range Observation System developed by Tata Advanced System Limited (TASL), and Monocoque Hull Multi Role Mine Protected Armoured Vehicle developed by Bharat Forge at a function held at the Bombay Engineer Group (BEG) and Centre today,” according to an official release.
TATA and Bharat Forge were praised by the COAS for their commitment to the Government of India’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiative and for their decades of engagement with the Indian Army.
The introduction of these indigenously built systems by TASL and Bharat Forge will significantly improve the Indian Army’s operational capability in future battles. The event was attended by a number of retired and serving officials.
The Kalyani M4, which will be produced at the company’s Pune plant, is a multi-role platform that is designed to suit the needs of the armed services for swift mobility in difficult terrain and in places where mines and IEDs are a hazard.
Its design, which is based on a flat-floor monocoque hull, provides ballistic and blast protection against side blasts of up to 50 kg TNT, IEDs, and roadside bombs. The vehicle has a payload of 2.3 tonnes and an operating range of around 800 kilometres, with a thrust speed of 140 kilometres per hour.
The M4 is a South African arms company’s original product that has been fine-tuned for Indian conditions by Bharat Forge. In addition, the two companies have agreed to combine their technology, capabilities, and expertise in order to produce armoured vehicles in India.
The M4 was designed to be the “future of protection” in all markets, according to Paramount Group.