Mahindra Defense Systems Limited – the Defense equipment manufacturing arm of the Mahindra Group recently commenced the deliveries of its Armored Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV) to the Indian Army. The company has rolled out the first batch of ALSVs and it will be completing the order of 1300 vehicles which it won back in 2021 for Rs 1,056 crores. Recently a video talking about the specifications of this specialized vehcile for the Indian army has been shared on YouTube.
The news of the rolling out of the first batch of Mahindra Armored Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV) has been shared on Twitter by the company chief Anand Mahindra. Through his official account, Anand Mahindra shared the video of the flagging off ceremony and stated, “At #MahindraDefence we have just begun deliveries of the Armado—India’s 1st Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle. Designed, developed & built with pride in India for our armed forces. Jai Hind. I salute @Prakashukla who has led our Defence Sector with enormous commitment.” He also added in another tweet, “My gratitude to Sukhvinder Hayer & his entire team who made this project a reality through their patience, persistence & passion… ”
Mahindra Armored Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV): In details
The Mahindra Armored Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV) is a versatile military and defense vehicle designed for the Indian Army to help in various operational roles. It offers modular capabilities, allowing for efficient maintenance and on-field upgrades. The Mahindra ALSV comes equipped with ballistic protection of up to B7, STANAG Level II. The ALSV has been designed to provide protected mobility for four crew members, meeting STANAG Level I Ballistics and Blast requirements. It also offers ample stowage space for arms and ammunition inside the crew compartment, along with an additional 400 kg cargo load-carrying capacity. Moreover, it can be upgraded to meet STANAG Level II Ballistics standards.
At #MahindraDefence we have just begun deliveries of the Armado—India’s 1st Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle. Designed, developed & built with pride in India for our armed forces. Jai Hind. 🇮🇳
I salute @Prakashukla who has led our Defence Sector with enormous commitment. pic.twitter.com/TtyB0L8MrT
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 17, 2023
This vehicle is well-suited for a range of operations, including counter-terrorism, patrolling in high-intensity areas, special forces operations, quick reaction teams, conventional operations, acting as a weapon carrier, conducting raids in open or desert terrains, reconnaissance missions, and border security.
The Mahindra ALSV comes equipped with a powerful 3.2-liter, 215 horsepower multi-fuel diesel engine which also generates a maximum torque of 500 Nm. Transmission duties are performed by a 4 speed automatic transmission. The vehicle’s 4×4 capability, front and rear differential locks, and high-travel all-wheel independent suspension with a central type inflation system have been provided to help Indian Army personnel to drive this vehicle on any terrain. It also gets a self-recovery winch and 1,000 kg payload capacity.
The ALSV has been specifically designed for extreme dusty climates, making it ideal for desert environments. Another one of the important features is a self-cleaning-type exhaust scavenging and air filtration system. The vehicle can achieve a maximum speed of over 120 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h in 12 seconds. It offers a 30-degree gradability and has a parking brake with full GVW holding capacity. Additionally, it includes a run-flat system on all five wheels, meeting the FINABEL standard.
The Mahindra ALSV provides standard options such as CEN B7 STANAG Level II ballistic protection, multi-layered ballistic glass, a 6-cylinder direct injection engine, lightweight GM transmission, double wishbone axle, Bilstein heavy-duty suspension, air filtration and scavenging system, gun hatch, run-flat system (meeting the Finabel 50 km standard), public address system, tire inflation system, and clamshell doors.
Additional options for the ALSV include a driver plus five seating configuration, surveillance setup, in-service GPS, detachable and adjustable modular racks, automatic grenade launcher, electric winch, HF/VHF/UHF radio, screen and windows mesh protection, medium machine gun mount, camouflage net storage, blast mitigation floor mat, and tactical command and control with mapping capabilities.