Mahindra Defence has revealed its latest high-tech 'Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)' vehicle. According to the company, this vehicle has been designed, produced, and exported from India. Mahindra Group's chairman, Anand Mahindra called it a 'Mean Machine'. Senior Executive of Mahindra Defence, Prakash Shukla tweeted,
#MahindraDefence is proud to have designed, produced & exported ‘Mine Resistant Ambush Protected’ Speciality Vehicles with Interrogation arms to lift road side IEDs. To be deployed in UN Peacekeeping Operations.@PMOIndia @DefenceMinIndia @MakeInIndia #defence #AtmaNirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/siN5GgSdql— SP Shukla (@Prakashukla) July 14, 2020
Anand Mahindra retweeted, "That looks like a Mean Machine, @Prakashukla It embodies the real spirit of #MahindraDefence which is about keeping peace keepers safe. ( And if it was street legal, it would be perfect to drive in Mumbai traffic! 😊)."
According to Mr Shukla, it will be deployed for United Nations Peacekeeping operations soon. The vehicle is powered by a V6 engine with turbochargers and intercoolers that output 260bhp and 960Nm of torque. It is equipped with special arms that can remove roadside Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). It is a varied iteration of the Mahindra MPV-I, which is also a MRAP type specialist off-road vehicle.
The vehicle structure provides adequate protection to the occupants of the vehicle against 14kg TNT explosives underneath the hull of the vehicle and 21kg TNT explosives underneath the rear wheel of the vehicle. All Sides was found to be able to withstand direct hit of 7.62x51 mm ball, 5.56x45 mm, 7.62x39 mm ammunition from a distance of 10 metres at 90-degree angle of attack.
Mahindra Defence is a subsidiary company of Mahindra and Mahindra group. It has been providing military and paramilitary solutions to its customers for over 70 years. Indian Army, Navy and Air Force used their specialised solutions for decades. But this is the first time United Nations Peacekeepers put their interest on it.