BAE Systems, L&T unveil BvS10-Sindhu AATV for Indian Armed Forces
BAE Systems Inc. and Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) have entered into an agreement to bring BAE’s world-leading Articulated All-Terrain Vehicle (AATV), the BvS10, to the Indian market. Under the partnership, L&T will be the primary bidder for the Indian Armed Forces, with the support of BAE Systems Hägglunds, the Swedish manufacturer of the BvS10 family of vehicles. The new Indian variant of the AATV will be known as the “BvS10-Sindhu”.
Upgraded BvS10-Sindhu to Meet Specific Indian Military Requirements
The BvS10-Sindhu has been specifically modified to meet the unique needs of the Indian Armed Forces. L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex in Hazira will deliver the vehicles along with integrated logistic support (ILS). The BvS10-Sindhu will be featured in upcoming trials by the Indian Army, showcasing its versatility in extreme climatic conditions and challenging terrains. “Our BvS10 all-terrain vehicle will demonstrate the critical capabilities the Indian Army needs when it participates in the trials later this month,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, Managing Director of BAE Systems Hägglunds.
Versatility and Operational Capabilities of the BvS10-Sindhu
The BvS10-Sindhu is not only tailored for the specific climatic and terrain conditions of India, but also features a modular design that enables varying missions. The vehicle was displayed at the Defence and security equipment international (DSEI) in London, showcasing a Mobile Short Range Air Defense system (MSHORAD) configuration. The vehicle can operate in diverse terrains including mud, snow, swamps, and steep mountainous regions. It also has amphibious capabilities, enabling it to operate in flooded areas or coastal waters.
L&T and BAE Systems’ Ongoing Commitment to Indian Defence
L&T sees this partnership as a significant step for its Armoured Systems business, coupling its strong manufacturing and design base with the experience of BAE Systems. “L&T and BAE Systems’ tie-up synergizes our strengths to provide a solution to meet the requirements of the Indian Army,” said Arun Ramchandani, Executive Vice President & Head L&T Defence.
The BvS10-Sindhu joins a line of BvS10 vehicles currently in service in several countries, including Austria, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It is also on order for the German Army. The deal reaffirms both companies’ commitment to offering state-of-the-art defense solutions to the Indian Armed Forces, and positions them for future opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region.