2 minute readJharkhand Police gets 1st mine-shielded vehicle

The police of the Maoist insurgency-affected state of Jharkhand took delivery, on Thursday, of the first of six contracted Mine Protected Vehicles (MPV) manufactured by Defense Land Systems India (DSLI), a joint venture between Mahindra and Mahindra and international armaments manufacturer, BAE Systems.

The MPV-I, unveiled at DefExpo 2010 in New Delhi.

Additional Director General of the Jharkhand Police B.B. Pradhan took the keys to the first vehicle from Brigadier Khutub Hai, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of DLSI.

Hai called the delivery a ‘proud moment for DLSI’. “(T)his is the first such vehicle of its kind indigenously manufactured by the private sector industry being delivered to the Police Forces in the country,” he said.

His company is training drivers and mechanics of the Jharkhand Police force to ensure optimum use of the vehicle. DLSI says it will also ‘provide complete lifecycle support to the Police for these vehicles’.

Describing the MPV-I as combining ‘Ballistic and Blast Protection capabilities’, Brigadier Hai said, “Built on Ural Chassis, it incorporates a ‘V’ shaped mono hull chassis which directs the force of the blast away from the occupants.” The MPV-I has been built with technology transferred from BAE Systems in South Africa.

Hai said the 6×6 vehicle has a powerful engine and high mobility and can carry an entire operational team making it ‘ideally suited for anti-terrorist and anti-Naxal operations’. The company has test run the vehicle and displayed its performance to the police forces of all states affected by the Maoist-Naxal insurgency.

DLSI said in a statement it has commenced serial production of the MPV-I at its factory at Prithla, near Faridabad, which has a present installed capacity of 100 vehicles per annum.

MPV-I Specifications


GVW: 14020 Kg
Kerb Weight : 12100 Kg
Payload: 1920 Kg


Driver + Co-driver + 14 Seats + 2 Jump Seats


Type: Six Cylinder, V-shape, direct injection diesel engine with turbo charger and intercooler

Max Power: 230 HP (169Kw) @ 2100 rpm

Max Torque: 883 Nm @ 1100-1200 rpm


Gear Box: 5 Speed Manual


Power Steering with adjustable steering wheel provided with steering lock


Front: Leaf springs mounting with cushion stops and double acting shock absorbers

Rear: Leaf Springs


Dual circuit full air over hydraulic brake system

Wheels and Tyres

Rim: 514-401

Tyres: 425×85 R21


Length: 7580 mm

Width: 2556 mm

Height: 2910 mm

Ground Clearance: 375 mm

Other Features

16 Firing Ports

Air Conditioning

Explosion Suppression Material in Fuel Tank

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