Mahindra hands over India's 1st armoured capsule based light bulletproof vehicle to Mumbai Police
Mumbai: Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS), one of India’s leading providers of special military vehicles, today handed over the first tranche of the Marksman, India’s first armoured capsule based light bulletproof vehicle, to the Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Mr. Sivanandan.
“The Mumbai Police is the first police force in India to be equipped with the Marksman which is designed to provide protection to Police, security and special forces against small arms fire and under belly grenade attacks. It enables the unit to carry out both aimed and prophylactic fire from within the vehicle. It is also an ideal light bullet proof vehicle to counter terror in urban areas, for armed reconnaissance as well as convoy protection.
This is part of our vision to enable Mumbai Police modernise its equipment which will enable it to meet the toughest of situations,” said Raghu Raman, Spokesperson, Mahindra Defence Systems.
Aside from the Marksman, MDS also equips the Police and Security forces with several other special purposes vehicles, including the Mahindra Rakshak, the Up armoured Scorpio, bullet proof vehicles and Riot Control Vehicles.
MDS initially created the market for light bullet proof vehicles in India and is the country’s leading provider of up-armoured and bullet proof vehicles. There are in excess of 900 Light Bullet Proof vehicles with the Indian Army, Paramilitary, Central Police Forces and State Police Forces. These vehicles have proved themselves repeatedly in operations, developing a formidable reputation and saving many lives.
In March 2009, MDS inaugurated the Mahindra Special Military Vehicles (MSMV) facility at Prithla in Faridabad, NCR. Spread across six acres, this modern plant has facilities for specific military manufacturing applications. MDS has a dedicated R&D team for designing, prototyping and vehicle engineering, an international supply chain for ballistic material and an annual capacity to manufacture 1000 Bullet Proof and specialised vehicles.
MDS also supplies Bullet Proof and Up armoured vehicles, both for VIP Security and combat duties, to the Army, Paramilitary Forces, Central Police Forces and State Police Forces of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Manipur and Orissa, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Besides this, MDS has also exported bullet proof vehicles to Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Republic of Ghana and Trinidad.
About Mahindra Defence Systems
Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) is a division of the US$ 6.3 billion group Mahindra Group, one of India’s leading business houses. MDS is today the country’s leading provider of high mobility and light bullet proof vehicles to the armed forces, paramilitary and police forces. There are in excess of 700 Rakshaks and up-armoured Scorpios in service in the Indian Army and security/police forces in India and abroad. Please visit www.mdsarmouredvehicles.com for further details.
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