Indian Army orders High Mobility trucks from BEML for transportation to remote areas

Indian public sector defence equipment manufacturer BEML has received orders from the Ministry of Defence to supply high mobility vehicles, LiveMint reports, eched on Swarajya.
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BEML 8x8 (Picture source: BEML)

These trucks will help in the transportation of armoured fighting vehicles, troops, ammunition and stores to far-flung, difficult terrains in operational areas. They will be supplied to Indian Army in a span of one year after manufacturing them at BEML's Palakkad Plant in Kerala. The information available doesn’t specify whether these trucks will be 4x4, 6x6 and/or 6x6 vehicles, hence our choice to illustrate them all here.

The Indian government currently holds 54.03 per cent stake in BEML, the Bengaluru-headquartered public sector undertaking, that manufactures a variety of heavy equipment, such as that used for earth moving, metro coaches and mining, Swarajya precises. The company operates under three major business verticals including Mining and Construction, Defence, and Rail and Metro.

Recently, the central government announced its decision to divest 26 percent out of its total 54.03 percent stake in defence . On January 3, the government invited preliminary bids for the stake sale. This disinvestment process will be implemented through a two-stage competitive bidding process. Interested Bidders who meet the eligibility criteria, will need to submit their EOI on or before 1 March 2021, Swarya concludes.

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BEML-TATRA T815 26RR36 22 255 6x6.1R / 50T (RHD) high mobility vehicle is used for GS role in Indian Army. It is is intended for transport of personnel and is having a payload capacity of 10,500 kg (Picture source: Firangion)

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BEML-Tatra T815 25RR45 17 230 4x4.1 high mobility vehicle is used for general service role in the Indian Army. It is intended for transport of personnel and having a carrying capacity of 8,500 kg on road but 5,000 kg off-road. The 10-speed gear box is of synchromesh type except for first and reverse gears (Picture source: BEML)