The Light Bullet Proof Vehicles (LBPV) have their roots in Lockheed Martin’s Common Vehicle Next Gen (CVNG)
Ashok Leyland, on April 13, 2021, delivered the first batch of its ‘Light Bullet Proof Vehicles’ (LBPV) to the Indian Air Force. Though developed indegenously in India, these vehicles have their roots in Lockheed Martin’s CVNG (Common Vehicle Next Gen) vehicles. Ashok Leyland has been associating with Lockheed Martin since 2014, for the development of these machines under TOT (Transfer Of Technology)
LBPV is considered to be a highly capable and modern-by-all-means machine, that could be put to extensive use by the armed forces. It has immense offroad capabilities and could be used on mud, snow, sand, rocks, and shallow water with ease. It has a high payload fraction and can carry a crew of 6, substantial mission equipment, and ample cargo with utmost efficiency. Plus, the ride quality is on the high side as well, meaning the occupants can endure longer drives without much strain and can be an effective workforce at the end of the journey. The LBPV offers protection from both ballistic and blast threats and can even be used to launch attacks.
“Supplying to the Armed Forces is a matter of pride for us. We are delighted to have the opportunity to be able to use our expertise in mobility in service of our nation. This LBPV is another example of our team’s capability combined with a strong sense of understanding of what is required in arduous conditions. We are grateful to be a trusted partner of the Indian Armed Forces, and we look forward to more opportunities like this to contribute significantly towards the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.”'Mr. Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland,
Ashok Leyland currently has military offerings with the 4×4 to 12×12 layouts and has been associating with the various armed wings of our nation for long. The LBPV and its derivates, as per the company, will also be made available for exports.