A groundbreaking collaboration between global defense and security company BAE Systems and India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is set to revolutionize the Indian defense landscape. The partnership aims to introduce the world-leading Articulated All-Terrain Vehicle (AATV), known as the ‘BvS10,’ to the Indian armed forces. This venture, operating under the ‘Make in India’ program, holds the promise of enhanced capabilities and bolstered defense preparedness for the nation.
Bringing the BvS10 to India
Under this partnership, Larsen & Toubro will take the lead as the prime bidder for the Indian market, with the invaluable support of BAE Systems Hagglunds, the renowned Swedish manufacturer of the highly successful BvS10 family of vehicles. This synergy between a global defense giant and a formidable Indian industrial conglomerate promises to redefine defense manufacturing in the country.
Customized for Indian Armed Forces: Introducing the ‘BvS10-Sindhu
In a move to meet the specific requirements of the Indian armed forces, BAE Systems and L&T have undertaken the task of upgrading the BvS10. The result of this joint effort is a new variant named the ‘BvS10-Sindhu.’ This innovative vehicle is designed to excel in the demanding terrains and climatic conditions frequently encountered in India.
AATV Program: Delivering Excellence from Hazira
The AATV (Articulated All-Terrain Vehicle) program is slated to deliver these state-of-the-art vehicles from L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex, located in Hazira, Gujarat. This commitment goes beyond just the vehicles; it includes comprehensive integrated logistic support (ILS) to ensure the seamless operation of the BvS10-Sindhu.
Elevating Indian Defense Capabilities with the BvS10-Sindhu
The BvS10 all-terrain vehicle is poised to showcase the essential capabilities required by the Indian Army during its upcoming trials this month. Central to the design of the BvS10-Sindhu are its unmatched mobility, adaptability, and proficiency in operating under extreme climatic conditions. These qualities are anticipated to position the BvS10-Sindhu as a transformative asset for the Indian armed forces.
L&T’s Strategic Outlook: Leveraging Manufacturing Strength and Regional Impact
Larsen & Toubro views this partnership as a significant opportunity for its Armoured Systems business to build upon its robust manufacturing and design capabilities, further bolstered by the extensive experience of BAE Systems. This collaboration between BAE Systems and Larsen & Toubro also carries the potential for broader regional impact. This move aligns with India’s growing importance as a strategic player in the region.
Advanced Features: Mobile Short Range Air Defence System (MSHORAD)
Notably, the BvS10 vehicle showcased at the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) in London includes a Mobile Short Range Air Defence system (MSHORAD) configuration. This feature enhances its versatility and effectiveness in modern combat scenarios.
Mobile Short Range Air Defence system’s capabilities encompass the ability to identify multiple targets, respond swiftly, and effectively eliminate airborne threats at altitudes of up to 5 kilometers above ground level.
Key takeaways for competitive examinations
- Managing Director of BAE Systems Hagglunds: Tommy Gustafsson-Rask
- Executive Vice President & Head L&T Defence: Arun Ramchandani