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India Army Showcases ALAKRAN Vehicle Mounted Infantry Mortar Systems at Republic Day Celebrations

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India Army Showcases ALAKRAN Vehicle Mounted Infantry Mortar Systems at Republic Day Celebrations

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India Army Showcases ALAKRAN Vehicle Mounted Infantry Mortar Systems at Republic Day Celebrations
India Army Showcases ALAKRAN Vehicle Mounted Infantry Mortar Systems at Republic Day Celebrations

The Indian Army showcased the latest addition to its arsenal, locally developed under the ‘Made in India’ initiative by Mahindra and Milanion NTGS, the ALAKRAN Vehicle Mounted Infantry Mortar System (VMIMS), at the Nation’s 75th Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Following a collaboration between Milanion NTGS and India’s Mahindra Defence, the latter has been awarded an initial contract to supply the Indian Army with an undisclosed number of units of the 81mm ALAKRAN VMIMS, integrated onto Mahindra’s Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV).

The contract award to Mahindra followed a previously inked teaming agreement between the two organisations, to explore strategic opportunities under the ‘Made in India’ initiative to manufacture, supply and fulfil the need for the Vehicle Mounted Infantry Mortar System. Delivery of the integrated systems will be made by the last quarter of 2024, considerably increasing the mobility and indirect fire capability of the vehicles to support mechanised battalions of the Indian Army.

Milanion NTGS CEO, Julio Estrella said “We are honoured the Indian Army is showcasing ALAKRAN VMIMS at such a prestigious celebration for the country and look forward to further expanding on our long-term commitment to the Indian Defence sector through the ‘Made in India’ initiative.”

Mahindra Light Armored Specialist Vehicle (ALSV )
Mahindra Light Armored Specialist Vehicle (ALSV ). (Photo by Mahindra)

The Mahindra Armado 4×4 Armored Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV) is a key product of Indian company, which has been designed and developed by Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd (MDSL). Mahindra also provides armoured vehicles for Indian security forces and various foreign missions, including UN organisations. The vehicle provides a high degree of ballistics protection and excellent manoeuvrability over rugged terrain. It’s designed to be a modular type vehicle allowing for efficient maintenance and it can be upgraded or configured in the field for a wide variety of operational roles. The ALSV offers ballistic protection up to B7, STANAG Level II. The ALSV provides protected mobility for the front, side and rear as per STANAG Level I Ballistics and Blast for four crewmembers with battle load having ample stowage space for arms and ammunition inside the crew compartment and additional 400 Kgs cargo load-carrying capacity. It can also be upgradable up to STANAG – II Ballistics.

ALAKRAN VMIMS is an effective, combat-proven system providing superior mobility, accuracy, speed, and high firepower on the battlefield. It is the world’s lightest, fully digital, automated mortar system, designed from the ground up for shoot and scoot combat operations. A primary feature is its ability to precisely fire eight rounds in less than two minutes from park to depart, in and out, before enemy counter-battery fire can take effect. With automatic aiming and re-aiming functions, ALAKRAN VMIMS provides 81/120 mm mortar capabilities while transmitting all recoil force to the ground, solving the operational problems faced by standard mortar carriers. The system is user-friendly and can easily be integrated onto almost any 4×4 vehicle with a minimum 2-ton payload, adapts to all types of terrain including deserts, mud, snow, and forests, and is heliborne-capable due to its lightweight design. It’s robust design and resilient technologies make it a durable weapon that has been proven to withstand the rigours of combat and remain effective.

ALAKRAN Vehicle Mounted Infantry Mortar System (VMIMS)
ALAKRAN Vehicle Mounted Infantry Mortar System (VMIMS). (Photo by Milanion NTGS)

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