Mahindra ALSV vs Kalyani M4 Vs Tata LAMV
Mahindra has recently received an order of 1300 for their ALSV (Armored Light Special Vehicle). It was indeed a proud moment for Mahindra so much so that Anand Mahindra himself took it to social media to announce the news. Kalyani also won the contract for supplying their M4s to armed forces. After these orders, rumours came out that TATA will also be supplying armoured vehicles to armed forces and people started to speculate that it would be LAMV (Light Armoured Multirole Vehicle).
Though these vehicles look similar, they actually belong to different categories and in this article we will dive a bit deeper into how these vehicles are different from each other.
ALSV from Mahindra is one hell of a machine and has been designed and developed indigenously by Mahindra. This is modular vehicle and complies with STANAG Level – II safety standards. The front, side and rear provide protection for four crew members up to STANAG level I. This vehicle can also carry an extra load of 400 kilograms along with crew and their battle gear.
ALSV has a 3.2l 215 Hp multi-fuel diesel engine which is capable of running on either diesel or other NATO standard fuels. It also comes with an optional 4 or 6 speed automatic gearbox combination, 4 x 4 drivetrain with real differential locks, high travel all wheel independent suspension system and with central type inflation system. Top speed of this vehicle is around 120 kmph and this can do 0-60 kmph in less than 12 seconds. It has 30 degree gradability and can run on flat tyres for 50 kilometres. Mahindra also included self-cleaning air filtration system for desert conditions and scavenging system.
The Mahindra Armored Light Specialist Vehicle Specifications:
|Engine||Engine Type||Electronically controlled, Turbocharged, inline 6 Cylinder Diesel Engine|
|Cylinders||6 Cylinder Diesel Engine- Turbocharged|
|Power||215 hp @ 3600 rpm|
|Torque||500 nm @ 2000 rpm|
|Transmission||Transmission Type||4/6 Speed Automatic|
|Suspension||Front (option)||Independent suspension|
|Brakes||All Four Wheels||Heavy Duty Brakes|
|Steering||Steering Type||RHD / LHD with power steering|
|Turning Circle Radius||14.5m|
|Fuel||Fuel Type||Diesel & NATO Fuels|
Mahindra ALSV is available in either 6 or 8 seater configurations and it isn’t clear which version was ordered by the armed forces. It also has a provision for light mortar 81/82 mm.
Kalyani M4 is basically a licensed produced version of South Africa’s Mbombe 4 which is built by Paramount group. Indian army gave an order worth of 177.5 crores to Bharat Forge for the supply of this vehicle. This is a very limited order and we will see why Kalyani M4 wasn’t ordered as heavy as the ALSV in just a bit.
M4 has a maximum payload capacity of 2300 kilos whereas ALSV has a maximum payload capacity of just 1000 kilos. This vehicle can carry 8 crew members along with their battle load. M4 is powered by a six cylinder engine which generates 465 hp and 1627 NM of torque which is literally twice that if the ALSV. This engine comes mated to a CVT gearbox just like our scooters (funny but yes we have to deal with it). M4 also comes with 4 x 4 drivetrain and all wheel independent suspension and can achieve a top speed of 140 kmph, 20 kmph higher than the ALSV.
Apart from these above mentioned features, M4 also comes equipped with ABS, run-flat tyres and a low range gearbox for heavier off road duties. This can also be used to drive over IEDs and over rough terrains with mines.
Another prominent player who doesn’t need an introduction is TATA motors. Tata motors have been manufacturing defence vehicles for quite some time now. Recent rumours involved LAMV and so we will try to know about LAMV today.
LAMV also known as Light Armoured Multi Role Vehicle was first showcased in Defexpo 2014. It consists of all composite detachable crew pod with V-shaped hull for protection against IEDs and landmines just like the other two here. LAMV also confirms to a maximum safety of STANAG Level II (a and b). This has the capability to carry 4 crew members with a maximum payload of 1500 kilos and with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 8000 kilos. LAMV comes powered by a water cooled 210 hp turbo charged engine. This also comes with 4 x 4 capabilities and all independent suspension system.
LAMV comes with a manually operated open turret with mounting support for a 7.62 or 12.7 mm machine gun. The forward parts of the vehicle confirms to NIJ Level III ballistic protection for the gunner. LAMV can achieve top speeds of 105 – 110 kmph.
Let’s summarize the important specifications of these three vehicles for a better understanding.
|Mahindra ALSV||Kalyani M4||Tata LAMV|
|Engine output (hp)||215||465||210|
|Top speed (kmph)||120||140||105-110|
|Payload capacity (kilos)||1000||2300||1500|
|Fuel type||Diesel and NATO fuels||Diesel||Diesel|
|Safety||STANAG Level II (maximum)||(data not available)||STANAG Level II (a and b)|
As it can be seen, these three vehicles have different specs and were designed to perform different roles. If army orders these vehicles, they will serve different purposes.
You can read about Mahindra ALSV on UN mission here.