By MT Bureau| Apr 19, 2021

Ashok Leyland, Lockheed Martin Deliver Light Bullet Proof Vehicles to the Indian Air Force

Ashok Leyland has delivered the first of its kind ‘Light Bullet Proof Vehicle’ (LBPV) to the Indian Air Force. An adapted version of Lockheed Martin’s Common Vehicle Next Gen (CVNG), the LBPV is developed under the transfer of technology agreement between Lockheed Martin and Ashok Leyland.

Some of the critical characteristics of LBPV are

•          High off-road mobility in mud, sand, rocks, and shallow water.

•          Accommodating a crew of six and ample cargo space to carry substantial mission equipment.

•          Outstanding ride quality and low occupant-absorbed power.

•          Superior protection from both Ballistic & Blast threats and can launch attacks.


Talking about the achievement, Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO Ashok Leyland, said, “Supplying to the Armed Forces is a matter of pride for us. We are delighted to have the opportunity to be able to use our expertise in mobility in the service of our nation. This LBPV is another example of our team’s capability combined with a strong sense of understanding of what is required in arduous conditions. We are grateful to be a trusted partner of the Indian Armed Forces, and we look forward to more opportunities like this to contribute significantly towards the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.”

Sharing his views, Nitin Seth, COO, Ashok Leyland, said, “Our mobility solutions range from 4x4 to 12x12 for Defence personnel and logistics, and they have proved to be reliable partners, across our armed forces. Our relationship with Lockheed Martin started in 2014 with their CVNG Program and under TOT transfer, and we hope to develop many more products for India and the export market on this platform.” (MT)

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