To provide high mobility to its commandos for special operations, the Army is procuring a large number of all-terrain vehicles that could ply in snow-bound areas, marshes, creeks, beaches and deserts.

The Defence Ministry has issued a request for information (RFI) to manufacturers, both domestic and foreign, for such high utility vehicles with a capacity to carry 10 fully-armed men.

These vehicles can also be used by troops for patrol duties in difficult terrains.

However, the RFI does not specify the exact number of vehicles required, but has asked the manufacturers to state their ability to supply them and also transfer technology for manufacturing within India in future.

Army expects to procure both wheeled and tracked all-terrain vehicles, but these should have convertible rack and seat system.

The vehicles should be able to operate in high-altitude areas and have the capability to cross crevasses.

A Global Positioning System powered by its own electrical systems, wind and temperature tachymeter, fire extinguisher, external storage facility for rappelling ropes, ice aces, pick axes and shovels, along with two 20-litre warming fuel jerricans would be additional features of the vehicle.

Among other attachments to the vehicle include all-way blade, rotary snow blower, snow cutter and tilt trailer.

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