Mahindra Defence Systems, a subsidiary of Mahindra Group, has recently started delivering the Armado. It stands for Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV) that is specially designed and manufactured for the Indian armed forces. The Mahindra Armado ALSV is the first indigenously developed ALSV in the country and boasts of several features that make it a versatile and reliable vehicle for various operational roles.
What is an Mahindra Armado ALSV?
An ALSV is a type of military vehicle that provides protected mobility for troops and equipment in different terrains and scenarios. ALSV typically has a modular design that allows for easy configuration and upgrade according to the mission requirements. An ALSV also has a high payload capacity and can carry weapons, ammunition, communication systems, medical supplies and other essential items.
What are the features of the Armado?
The Mahindra Armado ALSV is based on a 4×4 platform that can accommodate up to eight passengers. It has a steel body with ballistic protection of up to STANAG Level II, which means it can withstand fire from assault rifles and grenades. The Armado also has a blast protection system that can protect the occupants from landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The Armado’s 3.2-liter turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine produces 213 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 500 Nm at 2,000 rpm. A four-speed automated gearbox drives the NATO-fuel-capable engine. The Mahindra Armado ALSV can reach above 120 km/h and reach 60 km/h in 12 seconds.
The Armado also comes with several features that enhance its performance and capability in rough terrain. It has an independent suspension system with differential locks on both axles, a central tyre inflation system that can adjust the tyre pressure according to the ground conditions, a self-recovery winch that can pull the vehicle out of sticky situations, and a self-cleaning-type exhaust scavenging and air filtration system that can cope with extreme dusty climates.
The Armado also has a modular design that allows for various configurations and upgrades depending on the operational role. The Armado can also be equipped with communication systems, surveillance devices, night vision devices or other electronic systems.
Why is the Mahindra Armado important for India?
The Mahindra Armado ALSV is a significant achievement for India as it showcases the country’s indigenous capability to design and manufacture advanced military vehicles. The Armado is expected to improve the mobility and protection of the Indian armed forces, especially in border areas with tough terrains and hostile enemies. The Armado is also expect to reduce India’s dependence on foreign suppliers for military vehicles and equipment.
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The Mahindra Armado is a testament to Mahindra’s commitment to support the Indian defence sector with innovative and cost-effective solutions. The Armado is also a proud example of the ‘Make in India’ initiative that aims to boost the domestic manufacturing industry and create employment opportunities.