TATA Motors unveils Kestrel new local-made 8x8 amphibious armoured vehicle platform 0602143
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Land, naval, & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition
6 - 9 February 2014
New Delhi, India
TATA Motors Kestrel at Defexpo 2014
|Thursday, February 6, 2014 06:23 PM|
|TATA Motors unveils Kestrel new local-made 8x8 amphibious armoured vehicle platform.|
At DefExpo 2014, the Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition in New Delhi, the Indian Defense Company TATA Motors unveils its new local-made 8x8 amphibious armoured vehicle platform, the "Kestrel". The KESTREL is a Wheeled Armored Amphibious Platform, designed and developed indigenously with DRDO, for optimised survivability, all-terrain performance and increased lethality.
TATA Motors Kestrel 8x8 amphibious armoured vehicle platform at Defexpo 2014.
The Kestrel is a modular vehicle with interchangeable snap-in modules, leading to easy customization and self-reliance in achieving its roles. The major features of the vehicle include Optimized Survivability, all terrain performance and increased lethality.
Kestrel 8x8 under chassis driveline with double wish bone type independent hydro pneumatic suspension provides all terrain mobility, ensuring comfort and safety for the crew. With the front two axles steerable it gives an excellent turning circle radius of 19 m. enabling better maneuverability. The tyres have run flat capability with CTIS as a standard feature.
Kestrel's ballistic protection is modular to take care of threat levels, ranging from Stanag I to Stanag IV depending on the application. The Monocoque comprises of 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 Level. The energy attenuating seats for all occupants provides additional survivability.
Unlike many wheeled combat vehicles the Kestrel is fully amphibious and is propelled by a rear mounted water jet. Vehicle does not require any preparation before entering into water.
Despite being well protected, the Kestrel is capable of carrying a 30mm RWS with 2 x fire and forget missiles or with the turret-mounted cannon and missiles. In addition, the Kestrel will house one 7.62 mm co-axial MMG and an Automatic Grenade Launcher.