Bharat Forge has received an order from the Indian Army for Kalyani M4 Protected Vehicles under Emergency Procurement on February 23. The order is worth Rs 177.95 Crores.
Kalyani M4 is a 4X4 multi-role armoured protected fighting vehicle. The group is also offering Kalyani Maverick ATC an armoured troop carrier to the armed forces. Both the vehicles have advanced mobility capabilities and a side blast protection of up to 50kgs of TNT explosives. The 16 ton vehicle can carry a maximum payload of 2.3 tons or a crew of up to eight.
Kalyani M4 is a variant of Mbombe 4 4X4 wheel drive produced by Paramount Group from South Africa. In February 2020, both the companies had announced Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) for covering immediate opportunities in the aerospace and special protected vehicle sectors.
“The MoUs will enable Paramount Group and Bharat Forge to engage in joint efforts to seize the global opportunities for the design, development, industrialisation and indigenization of defence and aerospace products, services and systems,” sated the release During DefExpo 2020.
Durung the DefExpo2020, the company had displayed three new Artillery platforms – MArG Extended Range, which is a 155mm/52 cal Ultra-Light Howitzer; Garuda-105 V2, which is a 105mm gun mounted on their own “Go Anywhere Vehicle”; and 4×4 MGS, which is a 155mm/39 cal gun system mounted on a 4×4 platform. The company had also displayed Kalyani M4 and 6×6 ECARS UGV developed by the group which offers enhanced collision avoidance system, threat analysis and missions planning.
Bharat Forge product profile includes Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), Light Bullet Resistant Vehicle (LBRV), Ultra-Light Strike Vehicle (ULSV), Light Armoured Vehicle (LAM) and the Armoured Troop Carrier (ATC).