Ashok Leyland's relationship with the Indian Army began in the 1970s with the supply of 1,000 numbers of the Company's Hippo, a vehicle specially configured for the Indian Army.
Moving from strength to strength, we expanded our customer base by supplying the Hippo vehicle to the Indian Air Force to mount the Indra Radars, the Indian Navy to mount torpedo carriers and the Border Roads organization for dozer transportation. With time, our range of specialized vehicles has grown with the introduction of the indigenized Crash Fire Tenders that still operate on some of the country's Air Force and Naval bases.
1997 heralded the induction of perhaps our most successful platform into the Indian Army – the STALLION. First developed as a 4x4 vehicle, this versatile platform has been used for various applications such as general service roles, troop carriers, water bowsers, fuel bowsers, light recover vehicles and others and has performed under the most demanding of operating conditions with excellent results. These vehicles have performed admirably in altitudes of over 5,500 meters and in the deserts of Rajasthan; in temperatures of -35 degrees Celsius to +50 degrees Celsius.
We have developed the STALLION in a 6x6 configuration which is being used by the Armed Forces for specialized applications. Both the 4x4 and 6x6 versions have been supplied to various international customers including the Honduras Army, an American organisation for operation in Iraq and Afghanistan and more recently to Thailand and South Africa.
In addition to the STALLION, we have developed a fresh platform christened 'SUPER STALLION' to answer the high mobility requirements of the Indian Army. Powered by the in-house developed range of 'Neptune' engines, the SUPER STALLION 6x6 vehicle can be offered for various applications with different transmission combinations and equipped with CTIS. An 8x8 vehicle on the Super Stallion platform is also on offer.
We have inked a Transfer of Technology Agreement with Ordnance Factories Board for co-production of Stallion 4 X 4 at Vehicle Factory, Jabalpur.