With missions in Iraq completed and Afghanistan drawing down, the Army hasn’t decided what to do with these monsters, available in many variants, from the massive Cougar to the all-terrain vehicle M-ATV, some are torn out by years of harsh service, others brand new, as they haven’t travelled a mile yet.
The Indian Army has a fleet of more than 150,000 vehicles. The services buy around 7,000 new trucks every year, a volume attracting commercial vehicle manufacturers to invest in meeting peculiar military standards. This year at DefExpo 2012, traditional truck manufacturers Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland were joined by the new competitor Asia Motor Works, each taking aim at specific segments of this huge market.
Naxal Maoist insurgents stepping up their attacks on Indian security forces. IED attacks in the last 48 hours have claimed the lives of 18 members of Indian Police Forces (Jawans) and Special Police Officers (SPO).
Oshkosh Defense was awarded the first U.S. Army order for 400 underbody armor protection kits for the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4 vehicles, along with a delivery contract for additional (15) Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) wreckers, supporting troops operating in Afghanistan. The total value of these orders is about $38 million.
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