Bharat Forge Limited, has dispatched the first lot of Armoured Vehicles to Indian Army, manufactured at their Pune & Satara Plant.

In 2021, the company received an order worth Rs 177.95 crore from the Ministry of Defence for supply of Kalyani M4 vehicles. The company received the order from the Indian Army for protected vehicles under emergency procurement, Bharat Forge said in a regulatory filing.

The Pune-based firm had inked a pact with global aerospace and technology firm Paramount Group to manufacture armoured vehicles in the country.

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 improvised explosive devices (IED) threats.

Kalyani M4, produced by Kalyani Group's Bharat Forge, underwent extensive trials in Ladakh, which also falls under the Northern Command, before the Army placed the order for these vehicles under an emergency procurement amid the China-India border standoff.

The vehicle can withstand three 10 kg TNT charges under the wheels and one 50 kg IED blast at its one side, officials said.

"The best just got better! The induction of Kalyani M4, @BharatForgeLtd group's flagship armoured vehicle in @NorthernComd_IA theatre is a matter of pride for the #makeinindia initiative & the entire nation," tweeted PRO Udhampur, Ministry of Defence.