Paramount Group and Bharat Forge Limited have announced a cooperation agreement that will see them manufacture armoured vehicles in India. The agreement was signed at the International Defence Expo (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi.
The Paramount Mbombe 4 will be produced in India as the Kalyani M4 – the Kalyani Group is an Indian engineering, technology and manufacturing conglomerate that offers armoured vehicles, ammunition, defence electronics and artillery systems. One of its subsidiaries is Bharat Forge, which in February 2020 announced it was setting up a joint venture with Paramount Group to explore the indigenisation of defence systems in India, with a focus on protected vehicles and aerospace.
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.
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.
“It is intended that the Kalyani M4 will see service with the Indian Armed Forces in the very near future,” Paramount said. “The Kalyani M4 successfully completed a series of extreme vehicle trials in some of the toughest environments in India.”
Amit Kalyani, Deputy Managing Director, Bharat Forge Ltd, said of the latest announcement that, “We are very pleased to partner with Paramount Group. This collaboration brings together the manufacturing and technology excellence of two leading companies, which have matching synergies and complementary capabilities. The Kalyani M4 is a fantastic new generation vehicle, and we want to position it as the ‘future of protection’ in all markets world-wide.”
Ivor Ichikowitz, Chairman of Paramount Group, stated: “All of our technologies have been developed with portable production in mind. We believe this model of world-beating innovative technology is fundamental to enhancing any country’s contemporary defence, and technology capabilities. The Kalyani M4 is based on one of our flagship armoured vehicles designed specifically for in-country production in India with our partners the Kalyani Group. We are proud that it will be made in India.”