Defence Land Systems India (DLSI) is a JV enterprise between Mahindra & Mahindra and globally known defence and security company BAE. DSLI today handed over its first ever Mine Protected Vehicle India or MPV-I to Jharkhand Police. DLSI’s MD and CEO Brig. Khutub Hai handed over the keys of the reinforced vehicle to Mr. B B Pradhan, Additional Director General of Police, Jharkhand Police. The handover of the first vehicle commences the fulfillment of the State’s order of six MPVIs.
The MPV-I is designed to save the lives of our Defence forces in counter insurgency operations. The vehicle has been indigenously manufactured with the company’s new state of the art plant in Palwal, Faridabad. Developed specifically to meet the needs of the Indian armed and paramilitary forces, the vehicle will offer a high level of protection at a cost effective price.
The vehicle combines excellent Ballistic and Blast Protection capabilities. Built on Ural Chassis it incorporates a ‘V’ shaped mono hull chassis which directs the force of the blast away from the occupants and has been tested to withstand the highest level of protection available in the country. In addition to the enhanced protection, the 6×6 vehicle has a powerful engine that ensures high mobility and can carry an entire operational team making it ideally suited for anti-terrorist and anti-Naxal operations. DLSI has a present installed capacity of 100 MPV-I per annum.
In order to ensure smooth induction of these vehicles, into the force, DLSI is also training a fleet of drivers and mechanics of the Jharkhand Police force to ensure optimum use of the vehicle. Moreover, DLSI will also provide complete life cycle support to the Police for these vehicles.
Speaking on the occasion, Brig Hai said, “This is a proud moment for DLSI as this is the first such vehicle of its kind indigenously manufactured by the private sector industry being delivered to the Police Forces in the country. I assure the ADGP, Jharkhand Police that the MPV-I will meet all the stated parameters and we hope it will greatly enhance the operational effectiveness of the Police forces in Naxal affected areas of the country.”
DLSI is focused towards design, develop and manufacture of Armoured and Mine Protected Vehicles, High Mobility Vehicles, Infantry Combat Vehicles and Artillery Systems in India. The company also has its focus towards upgrade of in-service equipment of the Indian Arm.
Following is the list of the current products from the company
• Combat Vehicles : Rakshak, Rakshak Plus, Marksman and MPVi
• Discreet VIP Security : Scorpio Uparmoured
• Troop Carrier: Armoured Bus
• Riot Intervention Vehicle (RIV)