Ashok Leyland Defence and KMW sign MOU on strategic partnership
12:00 AM, February 23, 2011
Chennai (India) based Ashok
Leyland Defence Systems Ltd. and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH
& Co. KG from Munich (Germany) have concluded a Memorandum of
Understanding during the IDEX defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi today
to co-operate in the development of advanced defence systems for
the Indian Defence establishment as well as other defence forces
worldwide. Photo: Dr. V. Sumantran (3rd f.l.) and Frank Haun (4th f.l.) in front of the
Ashok Leyland truck - Stallion 4x4 at IDEX 2011
The scope of the co-operation will initially include the development of
armoured wheeled vehicles, recovery vehicles, artillery & combat
systems, bridge laying systems and other similar products. Ashok Leyland Defence Systems (ALDS), a newly formed company
brings to this strategic alliance the expertise and experience of
designing and developing Defence vehicles that has made Ashok
Leyland, the largest supplier of logistics to the Indian Army, with over
60,000 of its Stallion vehicles forming the Army’s veritable logistics
backbone. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) will provide the technology and the
technical assistance that will be required for the development of these
defence systems. A 170-year-old company, KMW leads the market
for highly protected armoured wheeled and tracked vehicles. The
armed forces of over 30 nations worldwide rely on their systems such
as the MBT LEOPARD 2, the artillery system PzH 2000 or the highly
protected DINGO 2
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