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Indian Army Improves Its Mobility Along Its Northern Borders

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  • The spokesperson said that the QRFV's V-shaped hull protects its underbelly from land mines and its sides from being hit by a bullet.
  • "The vehicle is made to act as a ballistic shield for NIJ Level III and higher threats. It also gives protection from blasts up to STANAG 4569 Level 4.

The Indian Army has started using the Tata Advanced Systems Limited-made Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle-Medium (QRFV) (TASL). This is one of a few vehicles that the Indian Army recently got or made on its own to meet its growing need for more mobility along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Himalayas.

On September 13, TASL told Janes that it had finished a deal to give the Indian Army an unknown number of QRFVs. It also said that the vehicles will improve the Indian Army’s ability to fight in all kinds of weather and terrain and protect its mobility.

In April, then-Indian Army Chief M M Naravane brought in the first group of QRFVs. Janes was told by a TASL representative that the vehicle is a 44 armoured personnel carrier (APC) made to move infantry quickly over rough terrain, slopes, and high altitudes while carrying ammunition, communication, and command and control equipment.

The spokesperson said that the QRFV’s V-shaped hull protects its underbelly from land mines and its sides from being hit by a bullet.

“The vehicle is made to act as a ballistic shield for NIJ Level III and higher threats. It also gives protection from blasts up to STANAG 4569 Level 4. “The car has a fake floor to protect the people inside in case of an explosion,” the spokesperson said.

The fact that the vehicle has three doors—one on each side and one in the back—will help with quick evacuation, the spokesperson said. “There are also two emergency exits on the roof,” the person in charge said.

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