Ashok Leyland to supply 10×10 heavy vehicles to Indian Army

Published on July 31, 2018
Indian Army has awarded Rs. 100-crore contract for 81 high mobility 10×10 vehicles to India’s leading vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland.
Ashok Leyland to supply 10*10 heavy vehicles to indian army
  • This is for the first time an Indian vehicle manufacturer will deliver heavy duty, high mobility vehicles for the launchers.
  • This will reduce dependency on imports.

Details about the 10×10 vehicles:

  • The heavy duty, high mobility vehicles manufactured by Ashok Leyland are fully designed, developed and built in India.
  • They will replace Indian Army’s ageing Russian-built Smerch Multi-Barrel Rocket launchers (MBRL).
  • They will also carry strategic missiles developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The indigenous 10×10 vehicle will be powered by Ashok Leyland’s 360HP Neptune engine.
  • It can carry a maximum load of 27 tonnes at a maximum speed of 60 kmph.
  • Some of these vehicles will be fitted with rocket handling cranes.
  • Their delivery will start in this financial year and will be completed in the next financial year.

Why is indigenisation important?

  • The indigenising vehicles is a key step in improving the maintenance and efficiency of Indian Army’s logistics chain.
  • In recent years, Indian vehicle manufacturers have managed to develop a variety of heavy and specialist vehicles required by the Armed Forces, thereby reducing import dependency. 
  • Ashok Leyland also has won tender from DRDO to develop even heavier 12×12 vehicles to mount country’s long range strategic missiles. 
  • These vehicles can carry a maximum load of 34 tonnes.

Question:

Q. The Indian Army has awarded Rs. 100-crore contract for 81 high mobility 10×10 vehicles to India’s which leading vehicle manufacturer?
a. Tata Motors
b. Bajaj Auto
c. Ashok Leyland
d. Mahindra & Mahindra

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