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TATA Kestrel

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In service  From 2017
Manufacturer  TATA Motors (India)
Weight  25 tonnes (27.6 tons)
Used by  Indian Army
Produced  2014
Type  Wheeled Amphibious Armored Personnel Carrier

The TATA Kestrel is a modern armoured personnel carrier developed by Tata Motors and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is designed and manufactured in the way of various western APC designs. It is developed with the intention to replace age old Soviet era BMPs and APCs in service with Indian army.



The Indian army currently has large fleet of BMP-1s, BMP-2s, and various types of APCs of Soviet origin. Over time, these vehicles have become obsolete and incapable of taking on the challenge of modern-day warfare. At the same time many superior designs have evolved in Western nations. To keep pace with these vehicles, need of a modern design of APC was felt for long time. In such situation Tata motors and DRDO developed this vehicle in partnership to meet the requirements of the army.


Kestrel is designed for modern day warfare keeping in mind the crew survivability, protection against small arms fire, mobility and protection against concealed explosives. The armour is made up of applique and composites along with welded steels. Additional armour kit could be applied in heavy firing zones. The hull floor is further strengthened to defeat mines and similar explosives. The seats are attached to the roof for improved blast protection. Fuel tank are placed outside the troop compartment for additional safety. The 8X8 wheel configuration is set on a hydropneumatic suspension utilizing double wishbone arrangement. All wheels have run flat capability to allow the vehicle to move even after suffering punctures. Among the four axles, the front one is steerable which minimizes the turning radius of the vehicle. The glacis plate is very shallow and the fuel tank is mounted outside of the vehicle to improve its survivability.A standard operating crew of two including driver and commander, with a full mechanized squad of 12 members. Engine is placed at front left. Passengers are placed in the centerline in a back to back fashion each facing a firing port. The seats are very comfortable as compared to other BMPs. The Kestrel has high power-to-weight ratio for mountainous terrain. It is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine of 600 hp. This armored personnel carrier is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by two waterjets.


The standard turret installation can accommodate a roof mounted remote controlled Kongsberg Protector MCT-30R(RWS). Usually the vehicle is fitted with a 30mm autocannon. This cannon could fire Armor-Piercing Incendiary (API), High-Explosive Incendiary (HEI) and Armor-Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot Tracer (APFSDS-T) rounds. It has an effective range of 3,000 m. It is also fitted with 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. The RCWS adds a heavy 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. It also has option for adding up to 2 anti tank guided missile launcher in quick fire mode. So, the vehicle is capable of countering enemy infantry,light armoured vehicles even main battle tanks.


TATA Kestrel Wikipedia

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