The Protected Mobility Vehicles
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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- 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.
- They could also be members of a reconnaissance squad operating behind enemy lines or in forward positions of their own troops.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The PMVs must have ballistic protection and should be able to protect the vehicle from grenade and mine blasts.
- It should have a maximum speed of 90 km on road and 40 km per hour on cross country terrain.
- They should be able to operate in temperature ranges of 40 degree centigrade to minus 15 degree in high-altitude areas.