Skip to comments.TATA Introduces the Kestrel – an 8×8 Armored Scout Vehicle
Posted on 02/06/2014 11:13:58 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
As part of TATAS strategy to enhance the scope of its defense business Tata Motors HAS showcased the Kestrel, an 8×8 wheeled armored amphibious VEHICLE platform providing protected mobility and firepower to the troops.
The Kestrel, designed by the DRDO was unveiled yesterday by TATA Motors. Photo: Noam Eshel, defense Update
The vehicle is designed as a Light Armoured High Mobility Vehicle (LAMV), functioning as a recon scout vehicle, moving ahead of the armored columns. The vehicle was designed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Supacat of the UK, an expert in tactical armored vehicles, has also provided vital reconnaissance, mobility, protection and firepower support.
Visit RAFAEL at the Singapore Airshow, February 11-16, 2014The vehicle has a maximum capacity to carry It can carry up to 10 troops and a crew of two. The crew compartment seats are arranged back to back, enabling the use of firing ports and opening hatches. The vehicle uses independent suspension enabling better traverse over rough terrain. On road the vehicle can reach a to speed of up to 105 km/h. For its missions, LAMV can accommodate different turrets, weapon stations and payloads. suspended vehicle has high power-to-weight ratio for mountain terrains.
The vehicle can accommodate different variety of weapon stations and turrets as the application demands. The vehicle has an integrated blast and ballistic protection including blast deflecting V-hull and an armor protected, detacheable capsule for the protection of the crew. In the scout version the LAMV will carry four troops in addition to the two men crew. The fuel tanks are placed outside the crew compartment for additional safety.
The Kestrel LARV was displayed at DEFEXPO mounting a Kongsberg 40mm remotely controlled carrying two Javelin missiles. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
he 8×8 vehicle has a crew of two and accommodations for up to 10 troops. It is capable of travelling at a speed of 105km/h on road and maintains high cross-country mobility, with independent suspensions and eight wheel drive. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
The machinery of war that will be used in the upcoming collapse of civilization in the world-wide apocalypse that will come with the formation of the global Caliphate is being designed and tried out even now. I do not fault the government of India for proceeding with this program, they are only responding to the lack of leadership shown by the Current Regime now in governance of that territory once known as “the United States of America”.
I like the Mowag Piranha and its derivatives better. That bluff front end on the TATA vehicle is just begging for a HESH round.
It looks OK, but it probably needs some slat armor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slat_armor
Nice camouflage pattern.
Yeah, pretty eye-watering, but not genuine. It’s too complex, and so would result in isoluminance at a distance.
>> The machinery of war that will be used in the upcoming collapse of civilization in the world-wide apocalypse &etc
There was a time, not so long ago, when I would have considered you a crackpot for saying stuff like that. ;-)
The Kestrel: coming soon to a police department near you.
Blue helmets optional.
Given that it’s made in India, not in production yet, and not likely to be exported, probably not.
Retired Stryker APCs, on the other hand...
Remember the Naked Gun movie where Frank Drebin gets inside an M114 scout vehicle with a battering ram & demolishes a house searching for the bad guy?
Remember how funny we thought that was? Police departments with armored vehicles, what a hoot!
JMHO, but Indian military industries probably export their stuff to any buyer with ready cash (Pakistan excepted).
For what looks like a jungle camo pattern (bamboo leaves?) I’d not expect sight distance to be all that great.
Not as nice as the last Tatas I saw.
Well, someone had to say it.
“The Kestrel: coming soon to a police department near you.”
The stuff your local department is getting is provided by Congress. For political support Congress gave contracts beyond what our military could use. It’s crony capitalism at work.
I spent enough time in the Army maintenance management system to know that the acquisition cost of a major end item is only the tip of the iceberg of what it costs to train its crews & maintainers, provide special tools & proprietary parts, and to perform scheduled maintenance, both preventive & required services.
In other words, Podunk PD’s shiny new MRAP may have set the town back a mere $2,000.00, but if it’s still operational a year from now (and a vehicle that size costs money just sitting in a motor park somewhere), that’ll be amazing.
The missile on the right side of the turret is a single-shot device. It’s strange that they didn’t at least mount a pair of them, one over the other.
Scratch my last. I just noticed the one on the upper turret. Sorry.
This is just a static display. The production item will probably have different armament.
Them’s some big Tatas