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India gets Kestrel WhAP with Kongsberg 30mm remote-controlled cannon


India gets Kestrel WhAP with Kongsberg 30mm remote-controlled cannon
DRDO-TATA Kestrel WhAP 8x8 with Kongsberg 30mm remote controlled gun turret (File Photo)



New Delhi: 
The Government of India has put into operation a Wheeled Armoured Amphibious Platform or WhAP jointly built between the private defence company TATA and the Defence Research and Development Organization [DRDO].


According to Indian sources, TATA has started deliveries of the vehicle, and initially, they went to the Indian police for operational implementation. Army Recognition writes that most likely WhAPs will be used on the border with Tibet [Ladakh region], due to the specifics of camouflage. Sources say that this operational assignment is a kind of test for working at high altitudes.

Kestrel WhAP 8×8 was first presented nearly seven years ago at the international defence and security exhibition DefExpo 2014. For the next four years, Kestrel WhAP 8×8 regularly participates in the same exhibition.

Know More About Kestrel WhAP 8×8

Kestrel WhAP 8×8 has 600 horsepower provided by the Cummins ISX 600 engine at 1,250 pound-feet of torque. The maximum speed it can reach is 100 km / h, and with a tank full of fuel it can travel no more than 500 km. The engine has a turbocharger with variable geometry.

DRDO Tata Kestrel in Ladakh under Indian Army trials (File Photo)



The main armament of the Kestrel WhAP 8×8 is a 30mm Kongsberg cannon, which can be controlled remotely. In India, it is suggested that at a later stage this cannon may be replaced by the BHEL-DRDO, an Indian weapon system that is already beginning to be integrated into other combat vehicles. Kongsberg 30mm remote-controlled cannon can fire various types of ammunition such as armour-piercing incendiary [API], high-explosive incendiary [HEI], and armour-piercing, stabilized with fins ejecting sabotage projectiles [APFSDS-T].

A 12.7mm machine gun mounted on a turret is the secondary weapon. Separately, Kestrel WhAP 8×8 has an anti-tank missile system AT-4 Spigot.

The armoured vehicle weighs approximately 25 tons and is nearly 8 meters long. It has composite and additional armour plates located on the body of the vehicle, which is made of high-strength steel. It can accommodate and transport up to 12 soldiers in a sitting position. The hydraulically operated entrance door is mounted at the rear of the armoured vehicle.

Kestrel WhAP 8×8 has filter systems, a sealed cabin, climate control, which is automatic.

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