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Protected Mobility Vehicles

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    23rd May, 2022

Context

The Army has floated a Request for Information (RFI) to purchase Protected Mobility Vehicles (PMV) for high-altitude areas and for deserts and plains.

About

Protected Mobility Vehicles (PMV):

  • The PMV is essentially a wheeled armoured personnel carrier.
  • It provides protection to the soldiers travelling inside the vehicle from mine blasts and sudden attack by small arms.
  • The troops in these vehicles could be members of any quick reaction team heading to a point of conflict, or members of patrolling parties heading to border areas.
  • They could also be members of a reconnaissance squad operating behind enemy lines or in forward positions of own troops.

Request for Information (RFI)

  • The Army floated an RFI for information from vendors for PMV to deploy in areas above the height of 4000 metres and for deserts and plains.
  • The detailed instructions given by the Army along with the RFI specifies that these vehicles should be wheeled, 4X4 drive mode and should have automatic transmission.
  • These vehicles should be able to carry ten personnel excluding the driver and co-driver with each person carrying a combat load of not less than 30 kg.

Technical specifications:

  • Protection type: The PMVs must have ballistic protection and should be able to protect the vehicle from grenade and mine blasts.
  • Speed: It should have a maximum speed of 90 km on road and 40 km per hour on cross country terrain.
  • Temperature: They should be able to operate in temperature range of 40 degree centigrade to minus 15 degree in high-altitude areas.
  • Weapon mount: The vehicles are required to have a weapon mount to enable a 7.62 mm Light Machine Gun (LMG) to be fitted and a turret with 360 degree rotation for a LMG.
  • Firing ports: It is also required to have 11 firing ports with five each on the starboard and port side of the vehicle and one at the rear.
  • The PMV should be able to ford in water with depth of 1000 mm without any special preparation.
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