12:00 AM, October 10, 2009
Delhi, October 9, 2009: With the Government of India increasing its focus on modernizing the defense forces with modern technology, Shri Lakshmi Defense Solution Limited (SLDS), an armoring division of Shri Lakshmi group is now making an entry into India’s growing defense market with the launch of complete 360 degree armored vehicles, which is a first- of -its- kind in India with bullet, mine and blast proof capabilities for Indian armed forces and police. The exclusive range of defense vehicles will be showcased in the upcoming INDSEC Expo 2009 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from October 11 to October 13, 2009. Mr Anil Kumar Verma, Director, Shri Lakshmi Defence Solutions Limited said “The company has introduced an exclusive range of indigenously designed models based on modern technology for armed and police forces, which includes “DHRUV – ATC” (Armoured troop career), “DRONA – MPV” (Blast & Mine proof vehicle) and “VIPER” (Fast Moving Attacking vehicle). In the last three-four years, the company has put in tremendous amount of time, money & efforts in producing India’s first anti-terror armoured vehicle which is suitably equipped to aid security forces counter modern day threats like Naxalite attacks & terror attacks and enhance combat efficiency against devises like mine and bomb blasts. The side walls including belly are made of blast protective materials including steel, which provide excellent all round protection against heavy blasts. Our mission is to contribute to the security of our nation and help protect the lives of the members serving in the armed and police forces”. “In order to have a perfect combination of power with load, we import chassis from reputed international firms like Ford Motor and General Motors and then fabricate indigenously at our plant with our in-house technical expertise. The armoring itself could cost anywhere between Rs 50 lakh to over Rs 1 crore, depending upon the accessories for threat level embedded in the vehicle. We expect a good response from the Indian paramilitary & police forces who would require their vehicles to be equipped with modern technology & bullet, mine and blast-proof accessories” Mr Verma Added. The company has recently renamed Armet Armored Vehicles (India) Ltd. as Shri Lakshmi Defense Solution Limited, a 100% subsidiary of Shri Lakshmi Cotsyn Limited (SLCL). It’s new unit at Rahsupur, near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh has commenced commercial production and has already manufactured its first bullet proof vehicle “DHRUV” (Armor troop carrier) for Special Task Force and is also developing new models for other specialized security forces. Dr. M. P Agarwal, CMD, Shri Lakshmi Cotsyn Limited said: “While presenting the Union Budget Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee allocated $28 billion for defense which is the highest ever allocation for the defense sector. For SLCL it is a logical move to be part of the Indian government's efforts to broad base defense procurement from the private sector. “We are an approved vendor with host of Indian defense establishments. The company has been already supplying safety textiles such as bio- chemical, high altitude fabric, bullet-proof jackets and bullet-proof helmets, camouflage fabrics, uniform fabric, IR fabric and carbon fabric to Indian defense establishments. SLCL engaged in processing a very wide range of end-to -end textile products has diversified its portfolio by getting into specialised armoured vehicle segment. We see significant growth opportunities in the domestic as well as global defence market.” Dr Agarwal Added. DRONA (MPV), a perfect for mine protection vehicle, is based on creating the maximum distance and protection between the seat of a cabin and mine explosion. The front fenders and the hood are attached to the chassis to reduce the shock against blast, transmitted to the cabin. The front wheel base, are located forward of the crew cabin and when selected, a 'V' shape-armoring cell protects the rear wheels, so that if a mine detonates under the wheel, the burst of explosion is diverted outwards, thus minimizing the damage to the crew cabin.. Another vehicle DHRUV, a perfect patrol vehicle for police forces to tackle in urban areas, has comfortable seating for a fully equipped response team of ten to twelve men and is based on the Ford F550 American chassis. The special air-conditioning vehicle with working space, rotating turrets and exceptionally viewing large armored glass has been developed on Indian right hand drive chassis with a protection level of B4 can be also uparmored to B7, with run flat tyres and after armoring having an excess payload of four tons with a top speed of 95 kmph. “VIPER”, the fast moving attacking armored vehicle, has four side doors, a single rear luggage door, rotating turret & cross-country run flat tyre, a pick up van style for additional and heavy artillery payload. This vehicle carries a total crew complement of six and is armored to exceed the European B7+ armor.