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Ashok Leyland, which is one of the largest suppliers of wheeled military vehicles to the Indian Army, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Elbit Systems, an Israel-based international defence electronics company.

As part of this agreement, Ashok Leyland will provide High Mobility Vehicles (HMVs) for mounting Elbit systems’ artillery guns and systems. The integrated systems are targeted for worldwide export markets. Ashok Leyland has expertise in design, manufacturing of logistic vehicles, combat support High Mobility Vehicles (HMVs) and armoured vehicles for the defence forces.

Elbit Systems’ family of ruggedised 4×4 platforms include the multi-mission Musketeer, which is based on the highly reliable Toyota Land Cruiser heavy duty vehicle

Speaking on the new partnership, Vinod Dasari, managing director, Ashok Leyland, said, “Ashok Leyland is proud to be associated with Elbit systems. We are certain this partnership will expand our reach globally. It underlines our capabilities of making and designing in India, for the world. This step is also in line with our strategy of increasing contribution from our defence business which will help us de-risk our overall business.”

Resonating similar views, Amandeep Singh, head - Defence, Ashok Leyland, said, “For over three decades, Ashok Leyland has been a vital part of our defence forces through our mobility solutions. Now, with this MoU, we will be able to compete on a global stage with global OEMs. Our strong focus on strategic global defence organisations to provide state-of-the-art mobility technology is being recognised. With Elbit as our partner, we seek to leverage the capabilities of both organisations and provide world-class mobility solutions across the globe.”

Elbit Systems is a high-technology company that is globally engaged in a range of defence areas including land systems, artillery systems and platforms, howitzers, mortars and ammunition.