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Kestrel

Armored personnel carrier

Kestrel APC

The new Indian Kestrel 8x8 armored personnel carrier is similar to modern Western designs

 
 
Country of origin India
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 22.5 - 26 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Armament
Main gun 30 mm cannon
ATGW Javelin
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
ATGW ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Cummins diesel
Engine power 600 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 10 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The Kestrel 8x8 armored personnel carrier was developed in India by Tata Motors and DRDO. It is also referred as Wheeled Armored Amphibious Platform. It was first publicly revealed in 2014.

   Design of the Kestrel is similar to modern Western armored vehicle of this class. Engine is located at the forward part of the hull while troop compartment is to the rear. It is claimed that this APC is based on a modular design. The Kestrel is intended to operate in the frontline, carrying soldiers into the battle zone. It has adequate protection and firepower.

   This new Indian armored vehicle has an all-welded hull. Seats are attached to the roof for improved blast protection. Fuel tank are placed outside the troop compartment for additional safety.

   The Kestrel is fitted with Norwegian Kongsberg MCT-30-R remotely controlled turret, armed with American 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II cannon. This weapon is used on a number of modern armored vehicles, such as Bionix IFV, CV9030 IFV, Guarani APC, Pandur II APC and some other. It is possible to convert this cannon to a 40 mm caliber. Only barrel and few parts have to be changed. This cannon fires Armor-Piercing Incendiary (API), High-Explosive Incendiary (HEI) and Armor-Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot Tracer (APFSDS-T) rounds. This cannon has effective range of 3 000 m. There is also a secondary 7.62 mm machine gun. The Kongsberg turret allows the installation of Javelin anti-tank guided missiles along the cannon.

   A prototype that was revealed in 2014 also had a remotely controlled weapon station with 12.7 mm machine gun and one more Javelin launcher. It was mounted on top of the turret roof. In 2016 a Kestrel was revealed fitted with a complete turret of the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle, armed with a 30 mm automatic cannon. Production APCs can be fitted with various turrets and weapon stations, depending on customer requirements.

   This new Indian armored personnel carrier has a crew of three and carried 9 fully-equipped troops. It has been reported that troops are seated back-to-back. Infantrymen egress and dismount via rear power-operated ramp. Also there are roof-hatches for emergency exit. Troops are provided with firing ports and associated vision blocks to fire their individual weapons.

   The Kestrel has high power-to-weight ratio for mountainous terrain. It is powered by a Cummins turbocharged diesel engine, developing 600 hp. This engine is license-produced in India by Tata Motors. Engine is located at the forward part of the hull. Vehicle has a hydropneumatic suspension. The Kestrel is fitted with a central tyre inflation systems and run-flat tyres.

   This armored personnel carrier is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by two waterjets.

 

As part of the company’s strategy to enhance the scope of its defence business right up to frontline combat, Tata Motors showcased the ‘KESTREL’, a Wheeled Armoured Amphibious Platform providing mobility to frontline soldiers, carrying them into the battle zone, with critical armour-protection, backed with adequate fire support. The ‘LAMV’ (Light Armoured High Mobility Vehicle) is a recon vehicle moving ahead of the armored columns. Tata Motors Defence through the KESTREL and the LAMV provides the Indian Armed Forces, with world-class indigenously developed front line protected mobility.
Read more at http://www.rushlane.com/tata-motors-at-defexpo-2014-indigenous-frontline-combat-vehicles-12107833.html#kxKO6fIqepbH1dee.99
As part of the company’s strategy to enhance the scope of its defence business right up to frontline combat, Tata Motors showcased the ‘KESTREL’, a Wheeled Armoured Amphibious Platform providing mobility to frontline soldiers, carrying them into the battle zone, with critical armour-protection, backed with adequate fire support. The ‘LAMV’ (Light Armoured High Mobility Vehicle) is a recon vehicle moving ahead of the armored columns. Tata Motors Defence through the KESTREL and the LAMV provides the Indian Armed Forces, with world-class indigenously developed front line protected mobility.
Read more at http://www.rushlane.com/tata-motors-at-defexpo-2014-indigenous-frontline-combat-vehicles-12107833.html#kxKO6fIqepbH1dee.99
As part of the company’s strategy to enhance the scope of its defence business right up to frontline combat, Tata Motors showcased the ‘KESTREL’, a Wheeled Armoured Amphibious Platform providing mobility to frontline soldiers, carrying them into the battle zone, with critical armour-protection, backed with adequate fire support. The ‘LAMV’ (Light Armoured High Mobility Vehicle) is a recon vehicle moving ahead of the armored columns. Tata Motors Defence through the KESTREL and the LAMV provides the Indian Armed Forces, with world-class indigenously developed front line protected mobility.
Read more at http://www.rushlane.com/tata-motors-at-defexpo-2014-indigenous-frontline-combat-vehicles-12107833.html#kxKO6fIqepbH1dee.9
 
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