Indian Army Strengthens Operational Capabilities with New Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicles
The Indian Army has recently expanded its operational capabilities by incorporating a greater number of Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicles (IPMV) into its inventory. The IPMVs, which have been developed by Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), a prominent player in India’s private sector defense industry, represent a notable progress in the domestic production of military vehicles. The presence of green-liveried (IPMVs) has been documented in the Sikkim area, suggesting the deployment of these new vehicles to the Indian Army.
The aforementioned progress is a result of the delivery of 8×8 IPMVs by TASL to the Indian Army in the previous year, which were subsequently deployed in the Ladakh sector. The IPMV project is a joint endeavor between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). The IPMV system is founded upon the 8×8 Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP), a domestically built and manufactured vehicle by TASL in collaboration with the Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), a division of DRDO.
One notable characteristic of the IPMV is to its designation as India’s debut in domestically developed Amphibious Wheeled Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV). This accomplishment highlights India’s technological expertise and its capacity to create sophisticated military systems that meet international standards. The IPMV exhibits a modular configuration capable of accommodating a 600bhp engine, while also integrating an independent hydropneumatic suspension system. The design of this product guarantees enhanced mobility and agility when navigating various terrains.
The IPMV exhibits notable mobility capabilities, as evidenced by its land speed of 80kmph and aquatic speed of 8kmph. This allows for efficient traversal through both terrestrial and aquatic environments. The ability to rapidly adapt to many surroundings is of utmost significance in contemporary military operations, given their multifaceted nature.
The in-house built and developed Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) by TASL is a crucial component of the IPMV’s capabilities. The inclusion of thermal sights in this sophisticated armament system significantly enhances the combat efficacy of the vehicle, particularly in low-light situations or when faced with unfavorable weather circumstances. Furthermore, the IPMVs are equipped with exterior add-on armor protection plates that have been created by the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory of DRDO. The implementation of this armor significantly enhances the crew’s survivability and provides increased protection, hence reinforcing the IPMV’s efficacy in augmenting personnel safety during military operations.
By Mansi Arora, Roorkee