BAE Systems and Indian conglomerate Larsen & Toubro have signed a licensing and manufacturing agreement to deliver the BvS10 all-terrain armored vehicle to the Indian Armed Forces.
BvS10 is made for maximum maneuverability in extremely challenging terrain and climatic environments such as sand, mud and ice. Its amphibious capabilities support operations in flooded areas and coastal waters.
The vehicle’s modular design enables reconfigurations for different use cases: as personnel carrier, command and control, ambulance service, logistics support, situational awareness, or vehicle repair and recovery.
Under the cooperation deal, the AATVs, modified to meet the operational requirements of India with its widely varied terrain, will be produced in L&T facilities in the western coastal state of Gujarat. The IAF will receive a new build, called BvS10-Sindhu, and integrated logistic support for the vehicle fleet, BAE said.
Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, managing director of BAE Systems Hägglunds, which makes the proven BvS10 product family in Sweden, said the collaboration with L&T opens the door for the organization to enter the Indo-Pacific market.
BvS10 will provide the Indian Army with mobility, flexibility and the capability to conduct operations in extreme climatic conditions, he added.