GS Paper - 3 (Defence Technology)

The Army has floated a Request for Information (RFI) to purchase Protected Mobility Vehicles (PMV) for high-altitude areas and for deserts and plains. The PMV is essentially a wheeled armoured personnel carrier. It provides protection to the soldiers travelling inside the vehicle from mine blasts and sudden attack by small arms.

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  1. The troops in these vehicles could be members of any quick reaction team heading to a point of conflict, or members of patrolling parties heading to border areas.
  2. They could also be members of a reconnaissance squad operating behind enemy lines or in forward positions of their own troops.
  3. The Army floated an RFI on 12 May 2022 for information from vendors for PMV to deploy in areas above the height of 4000 metres and for deserts and plains.
  4. The detailed instructions given by the Army along with the RFI specifies that these vehicles should be wheeled, 4X4 drive mode and should have automatic transmission.
  5. These vehicles should be able to carry ten personnel excluding the driver and co-driver with each person carrying a combat load of not less than 30 kg.
  6. The PMVs must have ballistic protection and should be able to protect the vehicle from grenade and mine blasts.
  7. It should have a maximum speed of 90 km on road and 40 km per hour on cross country terrain.
  8. They should be able to operate in temperature ranges of 40 degree centigrade to minus 15 degree in high-altitude areas.