Ashok Leyland bags defence vehicle order

Firm forays into tracked vehicle space

August 24, 2018 08:59 pm | Updated 09:11 pm IST - New Delhi

A file picture of Ashok Leyland's light commercial vehicle 'Dost'.

A file picture of Ashok Leyland's light commercial vehicle 'Dost'.

Hinduja Group firm Ashok Leyland on Friday said it has bagged a tender in the defence tracked vehicle space, marking its foray into the niche segment.

“As per the scope of work, the company will collaborate with Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai, for manufacture, assembly and testing of light weight clutch for the design and development of weight-optimised 1500 hp automatic transmission for main battle tanks,” Ashok Leyland said.

Ashok Leyland head-defence Amandeep Singh said as a part of the company’s strategy to expand its business scope, it had been working on tracked vehicles.

Upgrading tanks

“With this win, we mark yet another milestone where we start working on the tracked vehicles that our soldiers use. We see huge potential in re-powering and upgrading of existing BMPs/tanks of the Indian Army,” he added.

He said the tracked combat vehicle opportunity also exists in several other countries which use Russian- made combat vehicles.

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