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Kestrel and LAMV - Tata's defence vehicles detailed
Tata Motors had revealed the Kestrel (wheeled armoured amphibious platform) and LAMV (light armoured multi-purpose vehicle) at the 2014 DEFEXPO. With more details and a few on ground images coming in, here's a closer look at both machines:
The Kestrel has a scalable 22.5 ton to 26 ton gross vehicle weight and can carry 10+2 people inside. The design includes a front left engine placement that enables better space utilization. The vehicle has an 8x8 under chassis driveline with a double wishbone type independent hydro pneumatic suspension, with the front two axles being steerable. The Kestrel has a turning radius of 19 metres and the tyres have the run flat capability, with the central tyre inflation system (CTIS) coming as standard.
Unlike many wheeled combat vehicles, the Kestrel is fully amphibious and does not require any preparation before entering water. It is propelled by a rear mounted water jet.
The Kestrel's ballistic protection has been designed to protect the occupants from threat levels ranging from Stanag I to Stanag IV, depending on the application. The monocoque comprises of a welded armour steel hull with applique and inner composite spall liner. The protection modules can be replaced in a short time frame to increase or decrease the protection level. The bottom of the hull is guarded by blast protection up to Stanag III. The seats are designed to reduce the impact of any external force, providing additional protection.
A complete NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) protection system ensures safety for the crew from any kind of NBC threats, ensuring the ability to operate even in contaminated areas. The driver & commander have their own roof hatches for ingress / egress. The rear personnel compartment is accessible through the rear door and roof hatches.
The Kestrel is capable of carrying a 30 mm remote weapon station with 2 fire and forget missiles or with the turret-mounted cannon and missiles. In addition, the vehicle will house one 7.62 mm co-axial MMG and an automatic grenade launcher.
The Kestrel measure 7.8 metres in length, 2.95 metres in width, and 2.28 metres in height, with a ground clearance of 0.45 metres. The engine produces 600 horsepower, enabling the vehicle to hit a top speed of 100 km/h on land and 10 km/h in amphibious conditions.
The light armoured multi-purpose vehicle (LAMV) is a 4x4 attack / defence vehicle. LAMV has an 8 ton gross vehicle weight, with a payload of 1.5 tons and can seat 4 occupants.
The LAMV's engine produces 210 horsepower @ 2,400 rpm and 780 Nm of torque @ 1,250 - 2,000 rpm. The vehicle can hit a top speed of 105 km/h and has a power to weight ratio of 25 horsepower per ton. The LAMV has an automatic transmission, all wheel independent double wishbone type suspension with air spring and hydraulic damper. It also has the self-leveling capability with ARB in the front and rear. The mobility is aided by run flat tyres and CTIS.
The LAMV integrates a monocoque composite material pod to protect the crew, with a full length high hardness steel bottom V Hull for blast protection. The POD is tiltable sideways for better serviceability. The protection level varies from Stanag Level II (a) and b) for blast and Stanag II for ballistic protection. Cabin access is through side doors located on both sides of the vehicle. It can be equipped with AFDSS (automatic fire detection & suppression system) based on customer requirements.
The LAMV can carry additional equipment like smoke grenade launchers and has a turret with full 360 degree azimuth manual movement and ballistic protection for the gunner side and front for NIJ level III.
For communication, the crew in the pod are provided with the driver and commander display units that are integrated into the dashboard. The setup has provisions for integrating an electro optic system, radio, iGPS, and a driver assistance camera. It is equipped with a ruggedized navigation unit with a GPS system and inertial positioning system in case GPS is unavailable. The LAMV is also equipped with CCD cameras, thermal imagers & a laser range finder with a detection range of up to 10 kms, recognition up to 6 km and identification up to 3.5 kms.
Further details can be viewed in the PDFs below:
|11th September 2015, 16:15||#2|
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Re: Kestrel and LAMV - Tata's defence vehicles detailed
Thanks for the thread.
Kestrel is a new concept compartively I guess. Had seen posts about TATA's mine protection vehicles earlier in TBHP and elsewhere, however I am seeing amphibious MPV from TATA first.
The Kestrel somehow reminds of Soviet / Russian designs.
LAMV - I guess TATA has been doing lots of trial and error in this segment along with Mahindra. I guess both have not succeeded in managing any orders. For that matter I don't think army currently has a light armored vehicle.
Few earlier posts comes to mind.
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