After hi-tech drones, Indian Army now wants special vehicles for high-altitude areas

New Delhi, May 13 (KMS): Keeping its focus firmly on securing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Himalayas along the Chinese border, the Indian Ministry of Defence has asked for 500 specialised high-mobility vehicles for rapid deployment of troops.

The MoD wants vehicles that can operate at heights of more than 17,000 feet in the Himalayas and have protection against enemy fire and are fitted with guns.

The Request for Information (RFI) — the first stage of the tendering process — has asked Indian vendors to respond. This comes just five days after the MoD sought to procure small-sized surveillance drones — also called quad copters — for operations in the Himalayas.

The RFI issued on May 12 is for “protected mobility vehicle” (PMV). The MoD desires vehicles that can do some 80 km per hour and can operate in temperatures between 40°C and -15°C. The vehicles should have 4×4 drive mode with automatic transmission, and should be able to carry a minimum of 10 troops with combat loads.