In a major defence technology tie-up between engineering and technology conglomerate Bharat Forge and global aerospace and technology company Paramount Group, the two tech companies have announced to jointly manufacture armoured vehicles in India.
The two companies have also pledged to share technology, capabilities and expertise to manufacture KalyM4 armoured vehicles in India. A formal agreement in this regard has been signed by the two companies during the International Defence Expo (IDEX 2021) held in Abu Dhabi.
The Kalyani M4 is a multi-role platform designed to meet 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 50 kg TNT side blast or IED/roadside bombs due to its design built on a flat-floor monocoque hull.
The Kalyani M4 successfully completed a series of extreme vehicle trials in some of the toughest environments in India, Bharat Forge said in the statement.
“The KalyM4 is a fantastic new-generation vehicle and we want to position it as the future of protection in all markets worldwide,” Amit Kalyani, Deputy Managing Director of Bharat Forge said in a statement adding that “this collaboration brings together the manufacturing and technology excellence of two leading companies, which have matching synergies and complementary capabilities.”
Meanwhile, according to Ivor Ichikowitz, chairman of Paramount Group, the new 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,” Ichikowitz said.