Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane and Army Chief Designate Lt Gen Manoj Pande inducted the vehicles

Two Made in India wheeled armoured combat vehicles have been sent to Indian troops deployed in UN missions abroad to patrol their areas of operations in UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan.

"Reaffirming India's commitment to global peace and security, an Indian Army battalion equipped with indigenously developed State of the Art equipment, including QRFV M4 Armoured Personnel Carriers and TATA Xenon light vehicles, is being deployed for the first time in Abyei, South Sudan," Indian Army officials said.

The maiden induction cargo flight to Abyei, loaded with the first shipment of the wheeled APC & Xenon light vehicles, was seen off by senior officers, they said.

The vehicles were recently inducted by Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane in the presence of Army chief designate Lt. Gen Manoj Pande at a ceremony in Pune, officials added.

TATA Advanced System Limited (TASL) developed the Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle Medium (QRFV), Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicle (IPMV), and Ultra Long Range Observation System, while Bharat Forge developed the Monocoque Hull Multi Role Mine Protected Armoured Vehicle.

The induction of these indigenously developed systems by TASL and Bharat Forge would significantly improve the Indian Army's operational capabilities in future conflicts.