TATA Motors LAMV (Light Armored Multipurpose Vehicle)
4x4 Light Patrol Vehicle (LPV)
The Tata Motors LAMV was showcased at the DEFEXPO 2014 exhibition along with other possible future Indian Army vehicles.
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Showcased at DEFEXPO 2014, the TATA LAMV (Light Armored Multipurpose Vehicle) has been developed by TATA Motors of India for the security and defense market - though its primary customer is assumed to be the Indian Army. Among other conflicts of recent years, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have shown a great need for such protected vehicles to counter the threat posed by small arms fire, shell splinters and hidden explosive devices in urban fighting environments. The LAMV is designed to deal with these threats through an all-around protection scheme made up of ceramic/composite armoring, a segregated crew compartment, a blast-deflecting "V-shaped" hull and bulletproof windscreens. Additionally, the crew of two (with room for up to four more occupants) all sit in "mine-protected" seats. At its core, the LAMV is intended for armed reconnaissance, patrolling and convoy protection.
The LAMV is a largely indigenous Indian armored vehicle development with some assistance given during its design phase by the British concern of SUPACAT. This continues the growing trend by the Indian military-industrial industry to promote internal solutions to Indian military problems.
The LAMV sits atop a fully-suspended (independent) chassis sporting rubber-tired road wheels at each far corner of the vehicle. Ground clearance is particularly high for good cross-country qualities, traversing shallow water sources and keeping the hull underside further from potential mine blasts. The engine is fitted in a forward-set compartment in the traditional way with the driver's position as part of the front row seating. Doors are hinged in an automobile-style fashion with feature thick windows allowing the occupants within a strong situational awareness measure. At the rear of the vehicle is found a twin-door arrangement allowing for additional access a shallow aft compartment. This compartment can be used to carry extra mission equipment as required. A gun emplacement is optional and fitted to the superstructure roof with a commanding, full 360-degree traversal about the vehicle. This installation was showcased with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun and point-defense armor plating for the partially-exposed operator. It can be assumed that the vehicle will also support Indian Army 7.62mm machine guns and automatic grenade launchers. It is noteworthy that the passenger cabin is fully detachable form the vehicle chassis which aids in repairs and can serve as an additional survivability feature, allowing the module to be blown clear of the vehicle in an explosion.
Performance specifications include a maximum road speed nearing 65 miles per hour. The diesel-fueled powerplant is mated to an automatic transmission system. Dimensions include a length of 5.5 meters with a width of 2.5 meters and a height to the superstructure roof line of 2.3 meters. The vehicle is listed with a weight of 17,640lb which provides its "light" classification.