Paramount and Bharat Forge agreement secures Indian Army vehicle order


Bharat Forge Limited, part of the Kalyani Group, which has partnered with Paramount Group to produce Mbombe 4/Kalyani M4 4×4 armoured vehicles in India, has received a contract from the Indian Ministry of Defence.

In an announcement made by Bharat Forge Limited to the Indian Stock Exchange, it was revealed that it received an order worth Rs177.95 crore ($24 million) from the Indian Ministry of Defence for the supply of Kalyani M4 vehicles (based on Paramount’s Mbombe 4 vehicle). The size of the order was not disclosed.

A government statement said India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on 23 February approved arms purchases worth R13 700 crore ($1.8 billion) as the government continues steps to modernize the military. This included 118 Arjun Mk 1A tanks and M4 vehicles.

The M4 contract comes after the vehicle successfully completed a series of extreme vehicle trials in in India along with its competitors in August 2020.

According to sources in the defence and security establishment, the emergency procurement is for a small number but they are looking to further increase the number of armoured vehicles in the Army’s inventory, reports The Print.

The M4 will be built at Kalyani’s Pune plant. Paramount said the Kalyani M4 is a multi-role platform, designed to meet the specific requirements of armed forces for quick mobility in rough terrain and in areas affected by mine and IED threats. It offers ballistic and blast protection – up to 50kg TNT side blast or IED/roadside bombs.

Bharat Forge and Paramount at the February 2020 DefExpo in India displayed the Kalyani M4/Mbombe 4 and Kalyani Maverick. Several vehicles, including the M4, have undergone evaluation with the Indian-designed and built 8×8 Tata Kestrel (also known as the WhAP – Wheeled Armoured Platform) to meet an Indian Army requirement for a new armoured wheeled vehicle. In November 2019, the Indian Army issued requests for information for the supply of 198 wheeled armoured fighting vehicles.

During IDEX this week Paramount and Bharat Forge announced a cooperation agreement that will see them manufacture armoured vehicles in India.