Watch rare footage of the Mahindra Axe military vehicle in action [Video]

Mahindra and Mahindra is one of the oldest manufacturers in the Indian market. The automobile giant has entered numerous lines of businesses including manufacturing military vehicle manufacturing. Mahindra offers a range of military-grade vehicles and many of these vehicles are also used by the armed forces. One of these vehicles is the Mahindra Axe that was developed for the Indian Army in 2009.

The Mahindra Axe was specially designed for the armed forces. However, the army never placed orders for the vehicles. To showcase the skill of the vehicles, Mahindra made special prototypes of the vehicles for testing but the vehicle was never inducted into the fleet. This video by Vsual Brewery shows the Mahindra Axe in its natural territory.

The Axe gets the tagline “The Fast Attack Vehicle” and the video shows the 4X4 SUV being driven around on rough terrain at a high speed. The driver of the Axe also takes it on the ramps at a high speed. The video indicates that the Axe gets a big approach angle, a high ground clearance that turns into a wide breakover angle and a good departure angle as well. The Axe also goes over two big boulders that the vehicle crosses without putting in much of an effort.

In the whole video, there was no point where the Mahindra Axe got stuck or got bottomed out on the rocky terrain. Other parts of the video also show the vehicle being driven around in heavy rainfall and it goes through water crossing as well. It is an open vehicle and being driven around without the top in rain indicates that the interior is waterproof.

Gets 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine

Watch rare footage of the Mahindra Axe military vehicle in action [Video]

The Mahindra Axe has been designed with the help of an overseas designer and it is based on an Israeli tactical vehicle. As per Mahindra’s official website, the Axe is a tactical vehicle and has been designed to be agile and provide an edge to the users. It gets powered by a diesel engine that generates 140 Bhp of maximum power.

Even though Mahindra has not mentioned the exact engine, it is likely to be the same 2.2-litre mHawk engine that powers the Mahindra Scorpio. As per the Mahindra Defence website, the Axe gets an automatic transmission that has been sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The vehicle can also get armour that can protect the occupants against 7.62mm ammunition.

The later part of the video shows a team of men dressed in army camouflage print and holding guns. Also, a hardtop version of the Axe can be seen towards the end of the film. Currently, Indo-Tibetian Border Police (ITBP) uses Scorpio vehicles to patrol. A lot of state police forces in India also use the Mahindra Marksmen armoured vehicle too.

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