Thursday, 29 March 2012

Ashok Leyland Defence Systems unveils the COLT range of tactical vehicle




Ashok Leyland Defence Systems, a joint venture Company, engaged in the
manufacture of specialized tactical and armoured vehicles, today unveiled the first of the range of COLT
tactical vehicles - the Light Tactical Vehicle (4x4).

The Light Tactical Vehicleis being developed through the Company’s strategic partnership withPanhard
General Defense, France.In addition, a new range of product concepts and systems developed with
Krauss MaffeiWegmannGmbh (KMW), Germany, were also unveiled.

“India’s Defence sector is seeking greater participation from the private sector to shore up the nation’s
defenses and Ashok Leyland Defence stands poised to leverage technologies and partnerships to provide
tactical and armoured solutions to address our country’s defense requirements,” said Dr. V. Sumantran,
Chairman, Ashok Leyland Defence Systems. “Our product range will offer state-of-the-art performance
while achieving high levels of local content and cost competitiveness. Today, we are proud to unveil
the COLT 4x4 Light Tactical Vehicle which offers superior protection, improved agility and enhanced
performance, typical of our new range of vehicles,” he added.

COLT Light Tactical Vehicle (4x4)

The COLT Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV), jointly developed by Ashok Leyland Defence and PanhardGeneral
Defense, has excellent mobility owing to a power to weight ratio of over 34 horsepower per tonne. It
is equipped with a high performance chassis, a unique suspension system and an innovative patented
armoured hull. Essentially designed to carry out protected tactical liaison missions, the LTV can fill a
large array of roles such as escort, patrol and command vehicles. The product is battle-proven and over
2,000 are deployed across 15 countries.

Ashok Leyland Defenceis also engaged in developing range ofarmoured vehicles with military payloads
ranging from 1.5 to 16 tonnes, on the COLT, STALLION and SUPER STALLION platforms that will address
requirements for Light Specialist Vehicles (LSV), Light Bullet Proof Vehicle (LBPV), Light Artillery
Machines (LAM), Mine Protected Vehicles (MPV), Field Artillery Tractors, Multi-Barrel Rocket Launchers
(MBRLs) and other special applications. Ashok Leyland Defence offers unique capabilities in bringing
state-of-the-art equipment to India with high local content and customized to suit specific needs of
India’s defence forces.

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