Ashok Leyland Defence Systems unveils the

STALLION ‘Kavach’ – an Armoured Troop Carrier

November 2012

Ashok Leyland Defence Systems, a joint venture Company, engaged in the manufacture of specialized tactical and armoured vehicles, today unveiled the STALLION ‘Kavach’, an Armoured Troop Carrier (ATC), at the IFSEC & Homeland Security India Exhibition being held at the India Expo Centre, Greater NOIDA, New Delhi. The STALLION ‘Kavach’ will add to the increasing range of tactical and armoured transport solutions from Ashok Leyland Defence Systems.

“It is a fact that insurgency and the threat of terrorism in several parts of our country means that there is a need for high-performance, specialized tactical and armoured vehicles and Ashok Leyland Defence Systems is well positioned to leverage technologies and partnerships to address these requirements,” said Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman, Ashok Leyland Defence Systems. Presenting the new ATC, he said, “Today, we present to you the STALLION ‘Kavach’, a customized Armoured Troop Carrier for India’s para-military and police forces.”

The STALLION ‘Kavach’ 4x4

Built on the tested and proven STALLION platform and entirely indigenously developed, the ‘Kavach’ is specially designed for the safe movement of troops and police forces, during counter insurgency operations, with protection levels of NIJ Level III for the crew compartment and 2 HE grenades under the floor. Configured as a 4x4 all-wheel drive, the STALLION ‘Kavach’ is equipped with a powerful 135kW engine. Safety is addressed through a solid blast protection body to protect troops against a blast of 5 kg of explosives from a distance of 30 meters and can seat at least 12 personnel, including the driver, on special fragment-protected seats. The STALLION ‘Kavach’ is provided with 12 self-locking gun ports, a 360° rotatable turret with view port and gun mount, one rear roof hatch for emergency exit and specialized lighting and communication systems.

The ‘Kavach’ enjoys the versatility of the STALLION platform and can be modified in to a Command Post, Communication Vehicle, an Ambulance or even a Bomb Disposal vehicle.

About Ashok Leyland Defence Systems

Ashok Leyland Defence Systems is engaged in the development of a range of tactical and armoured vehicles with military payloads ranging from 1.5 to 20 tonnes, on the COLT, STALLION and SUPER STALLION platforms. The product range includes Light Specialist Vehicles (LSV), Light Bullet Proof Vehicles (LBPV) , Light Artillery Machines (LAM), Mine Protected Vehicles (MPV), Field Artillery Tractors (FAT), Multi-Barrel Rocket Launchers (MBRL) and other special applications vehicles. Ashok Leyland Defence offers unique capabilities in bringing state-of-the-art equipment to India with high local content and customized to suit specific needs of India’s Defence forces. Apart from drawing on the pedigree of Ashok Leyland’s expertise in the area of logistics vehicles for over four decades that has made them the largest supplier of logistics solution to the Indian Army, Ashok Leyland Defence Systems also draws strength from its strategic partnerships with globally renowned names like Panhard General Defense, France and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) GmbH and Co KG, Germany to jointly develop tactical and armoured transport solutions. For more information, please visit us at

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