What is Armado?

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Mahindra Group chairman recently announced that Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS), has started deliveries of ‘Armado,’ an Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV) built for the Indian armed forces.

About Armado:

  • It is India’s first Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV).
  • It is a fully indigenous vehicle designed and built by the Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) for the Indian armed forces.
  • Features:
    • It can accommodate a driver and 5 passengers.
    • Above the standard 1,000 kg load capacity, the ASLV can carry another 400 kg.
    • It gets ballistic protection up to the B7 level and STANAG level-2. This means that its armour offers protection against armour-piercing rifles.
    • Also, the ASLV gets protection on all sides (front, side and rear) from ballistics and explosives.
    • Powering the 4-wheeler is a 3.2-litre multi-fuel diesel engine that generates 216 hp of maximum power.
    • Armado takes just 12 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 160 kmph, and runs at a speed of more than 120 kmph.
    • It also gets a self-cleaning-type exhaust scavenging and air filtration system for extreme dusty climate, like deserts.
    • A modular vehicle, it can be used in counter-terrorism operations, raids in open and desert terrains, and reconnaissance missions.


Q1) What is an Armored Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV)?

The Light Specialist Vehicle is a modern fighting vehicle and will be authorised to various fighting units for carriage of Medium Machine Guns, Automatic Grenade Launchers as well as Anti-tank Guided Missiles.

Source: Mahindra Defence begins deliveries of ‘Armado’ for Indian armed forces