Mahindra and Mahindra, a leading name in the passenger vehicle market is also quite popular when it comes to military grade vehicles. The brand offers various Military-grade vehicles which are used by the army and special forces of various countries around the world. Mahindra Axe is one such special military grade vehicle that was developed for the Indian army in 2009. Here is rare footage of the Mahindra Axe in action that shows how it can negotiate the toughest terrains without a problem.
Even though it was specifically designed for the army, the Indian army never placed an order for the vehicle. Special prototypes were developed for the army but the vehicle was never inducted in the armed forces. The video uploaded on Vsual Brewery channel shows the Axe in its full glory.
The Axe gets the tagline “The Fast Attack Vehicle” and the video shows the Axe being driven around on rough terrain at high speed, showing the power of the vehicle. The Axe can also be seen going fast on the natural ramps. The front approach angle, ground clearance and departure angle of the vehicle are shown by making the Axe go over two big boulders that it crosses without much of an effort.
The video also shows the Mahindra Axe getting driven around in the rocky area without getting stuck or getting bottomed out on the rocky terrain. The video further shows the Axe being driven around in rain and through water crossing. As it is an open top vehicle, the video shows that the vehicle’s working does not get affected even in rain. The video further shows the manoeuvrability of the Mahindra Axe by driving it on the sandy surface.
At 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.
The Mahindra Axe has been designed with the help of an overseas designer and it is based on an Isreali 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 a 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.
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.