Thakur_B wrote:Amphibious armoured hull, lightweight armour to name a few. Tata's contribution is restricted to transmission and propulsion only with VRDE doing most of the heavy lifting. From the looks of it tata motors will be doing screwdrivergiri for DRDO instead of OFB for Kestrel. Kestrel is reported to have 16 variants eventually, from ambulance, mortar carriers to command and control hubs.
Couple of points.
1. Kestrel is in response to an IA contract for 100 Wheeled APC for United Nations Ops. However, the stalled FICV and with the BMP's going through an upgrade the IA just might look at Kestrel in larger numbers for induction with the R&S (Wheeled) Battalions.
To meet the operational requirements of troops deployed overseas on peacekeeping missions under the United Nations (UN), the Army is planning to acquire modern armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The Army is on the hunt for APCs with high mobility, state of the art driving and navigation aids, modern electro-optical sights for the driver, gunner and commander, firing ports in the hull, provision for externally mounted anti-tank guided missiles, adequate environmental protection and amphibious capability.
While wheeled vehicles are more susceptible to damage by small arms fires, mines, grenades and artillery fragments because of exposed tyres, suspension and underbelly components that tracked vehicles, they have higher road mobility and better maneuverability in built up and semi-built areas and in areas where operations in difficult terrain are not an issue.
2. Kestrel is a VRDE led initiative. Tata has provided the vehicle chassis, a 600HP diesel engine and a (Proposed) Kongsberg Turret with VRDE providing the rest. It is all good, as long as we have ownership over the weapon system. What is need to diss an Indian Company to make DRDO look good? You do realise this is the same senseless argument people made against the Arjun MBT right?
French TI Sights, German Powerpack, American Mineplough.
Tata Motors was one of several Indian and foreign countries invited by Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), a unit of DRDO, to respond to a request for information (RFI) for the supply of chasis, propulsion unit and weapon system for a wheeled armored amphibious platform. Other Indian firms invited to bid included L&T and Mahindra & Mahindra, while Russia's Rosoboronexport was among the foreign companies invited.
Tata responded to the RFI, and later to the RFP, for all the three modules of the armored personnel carrier (APC), and went on to win the three contracts. After being awarded the contract, the company shocked DRDO by developing the entire platform in just 18 months.
Depending on its configuration, Kestrel can weigh from 18-ton to 22-ton. Maximum weight can go up to 26-ton, but above 22-ton the APC loses its flotation ability.
Tata is relying on the modularity and open architecture of the vehicle to make it suitable for diverse roles. All the main subsystems of the Kestrel share commonality with in service Tata standard vehicle aggregates, so maintenance of the vehicle less expensive than foreign APCs.