MUMBAI: Defence Ministry has entered into an agreement with Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd (MDSL) for the purchase of 1,300 Light Specialist Vehicles for the Indian Army, at a whopping cost of Rs 1,056 crore. It is expected that the vehicles will become part of the Indian Army fleet in the next four years.
“The Light Specialist Vehicle is a contemporary fighting vehicle and will be authorised to various fighting units for the transportation of Medium Machine Guns, Automatic Grenade Launchers as well as Anti-tank Guided Missiles,” reads a communiqué issued by the Defence Ministry.
The Light Specialist Vehicle is indigenously designed and developed by Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd. These combat vehicles are extremely agile with all-round protection against small arms fire and will assist small independent detachments which are required to operate this weapon platform in the operational area. This is a flagship project showcasing the indigenous manufacturing capabilities of the defence industry and will add another milestone to the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan’ and ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government.