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United Nations will deploy a vehicle designed, produced and exported by Mahindra in its peacekeeping operations around the world.
The vehicle is called ‘Mine Resistant Ambush Protected’ Specialty Vehicle with Interrogation arms to lift roadside Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Nick named as ‘Mean Machine’ by CEO Anand Mahindra, it is primed and ready for doing good deeds in the hands of UN Peacekeeping forces.
Anand Mahindra lauded the peacekeeping defense vehicle in his own way on Twitter, saying that it would be ‘perfect to drive in Mumbai traffic!’
Mahindra & Mahindra makes a long list of vehicles, starting from mass-market SUVs to two-wheelers to commercial vehicles to agriculture equipment to electric vehicles and today in focus, defense vehicles.
Mahindra’s Defense Systems arm produces and supplies heavily armored vehicles to the Indian armed forces and international forces as well.
In a recent tweet, some intriguing details about the vehicle were let out. For example, it’ll be heavily-armored and mine-resistant which means it will be able to withstand an impact from beneath its underbelly as well. The vehicle also has interrogation arms to pick up IEDs (improvised explosive devices).
When Prakash Shukla introduced the vehicle in his tweet saying, “#MahindraDefence is proud to have designed, produced & exported ‘Mine Resistant Ambush Protected’ Specialty Vehicles with Interrogation arms to lift road side IEDs. To be deployed in UN Peacekeeping Operations. @PMOIndia @DefenceMinIndia @MakeInIndia #defence #AtmaNirbharBharat.
Anand Mahindra replied to the tweet with, “That looks like a Mean Machine, @Prakashukla It embodies the real spirit of #MahindraDefence which is about keeping peacekeepers safe. (And if it was street legal, it would be perfect to drive in Mumbai traffic! Smiling face with smiling eyes).”
Other Mahindra Defense Systems vehicles include several that are used by the armed forces, including Mahindra Marksman used by Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF)’s Quick Reaction Team’s (QRT) fleet at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.
The Marksman is an armored capsule-based light bulletproof vehicle with seating for six people, and that provides protection from small firearms and also grenades.