TATA Kestrel (Wheeled Armoured Platform)

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The Wheeled Armoured Platform 8*8 (WhAP) has been jointly developed by the TATA SED group and the Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (VRDE) which is a subsidiary of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

The vehicle is the initial trails phases as reports suggest that it matches the Indian army’s specifications and is likely to replace the the aging Soviet BMPs of the mechanised infantry wing.

Due to its armoured capabilities, this vehicle is an ideal potent for anti naxal operations and due to its amphibious capabilities, these vehicles can patrol the muddy areas of the Rann of Kutch where the temperature is unpredictable and  water levels of the Harami Nala (the water body of Rann of Kutch) can change drastically within hours.

(Above :TATA Kestrel at DefExpo 2016 ; Below: TATA Kestrel at DefExpo 2014)

INDRA NETWORKS brings you the most exclusive pictures and specifications  of the project

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 

1) BASIC PLATFORM 

  • CONFIGURATION  : 8*8 with 8*4 mode option
  • ENGINE : Diesel Engine configurable with three power ratings (600 , 525 & 450hp) , Max torque 600 hp @ 1800-2000 rpm , max torque 2508 nm @ 1100-1600 rpm
  • TRANSMISSION : Automatic transmissions with retarder
  • TRANSFER CASE : Two speed
  • AXLE : All live axles
  • SUSPENSION : Independent with hydro strut
  • STEERING : Power assisted
  • BRAKES : Air over hydraulic with ABS
  • WHEELS AND TYRES : 14 R 20 with run flat insert
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: 24 V DC
  • DIMENSION (LxWxH) : 7.85 * 3.0 * 2.3 m
  • GVW OF PLATFORM : 21.5 t – with base line protection of 7.62 AP all round 24.2 t with BMP II turrent
  • GVW OF VARIANTS : 19.5 to 27 ton (amphibian capabilities upto 24.5 t)

2) MOBILITY

  • POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO : 22-25 hp/ton
  • CRUISING RANGE : Min range on road – 500 km ; min cross country range – 250 km
  • ON ROAD SPEED : 90-100 km/h
  • CROSS COUNTRY SPEED : 35-40 km/h

3) OBSTACLE CROSSING CAPABILITIES

  • MAX GRADIENT : 30 degrees
  • SIDE SLOPE : 20 degrees
  • VERTICAL STEP : 0.6 m
  • TRENCH CROSSING: 2 m

4) AMPHIBIAN CAPABILITY

  • AMPHIBIAN CAPABILITIES: Amphibian up to GVW of 2.4 ton
  • SPEED : 8 kmph
  • FREE BOARD HEIGHT : 300 mm

5) PROTECTION CAPABILITIES

  • BALLISTIC : Modular as per requirement
  • BASELINE : As per STANAG 4569 level III all round
  • MINE PROTECTION: As per STANAG 4569 level III
  • SUVIVABILITY ENHANCERS : NBC and IFDSS

6) ARMAMENTS

  • 30 mm calibre main gun
  • twin plan main gun stabilisation
  • 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun
  • Tube launched Anti Tank Guided Missile

SALIENT FEATURES 

  • Common platform for various roles
  • Integrated power pack with – High power engine that can be configured for three power ratings ( 450 , 525 , 600 hp) ; Cooling system with hydraulic motor driven fans ; Dully Automatic Transmission
  • Under chasis driveline with – Hydro-gas suspension for better platform stability and ride comfort ; Run flat tyres with CTIS
  • Double floor V-type mine Protection with shick ressitant sears and foot pads
  • Power operated rear door ramps
  • Amphibious with Hydro Jets
  • Modular add on ballistic protection
  • Survivabilty enhancers (IFDSS & NBC)

 

 

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