Ashok Leyland Stallion

Summary

The Stallion range of trucks is produced by Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) of Armoured Vehicles Nigam Limited (previously Ordnance Factory Board) for the Indian Armed Forces.

Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ)'s Stallion 4X4 Truck for the Indian Army

The Stallion forms the logistical backbone of the Indian Armed Forces, with over 60,000 Stallions used by the Indian Army and several thousand are used by ITBP.[1] Stallions in a wide range of configurations were in active service with the Indian Army as of 2010. The Stallions have replaced the erstwhile workhorses of the Armed Forces, the Shaktiman trucks, which are now being phased out.

HistoryEdit

On August 10, 1998, a license was granted by AL to produce the Stallion Mk III at VFJ or any other Ordnance Factory facility.[2]

DesignEdit

 
VFJ Stallion Mk III

The Stallion is a medium-duty defence vehicle of the Indian Army with multiple logistical and tactical applications. The Stallion 4x4 and Stallion 6x6 are operational on varied terrains, from coastal operations to high-altitude bases, from deserts to snow-covered mountainous regions, at altitudes up to 5,500 metres (18,000 ft) and temperatures ranging from −35 to 55 °C (−31 to 131 °F).

VariantsEdit

Super StallionEdit

 
Ashok Leyland Super Stallion 6X6.

The Super Stallion is an upgraded version of the Stallion. The 6x6 is rated at 10 tonnes while the 8x8 is rated at 12 tonnes.[3]

The 10x10 is rated at 20 tonnes, the Super Stallion 10X10 can either be powered by a Neptune N - Series in-line 6-cylinder 8 L diesel engine that makes 360 hp and peak torque of 1,340 Nm. The other engine is the same engine, making 450 hp and 1,627 Nm of peak torque.

Stallion KavachEdit

 
Stallion-based Kavach armored personnel carrier

Ashok Leyland has developed an armored personnel carrier of the 4x4 Stallion.

Field Artillery TractorEdit

 
Ashok Leyland FAT 6x6.

Field Artillery Tractor is a variant developed for towing heavy artillery guns on 6×6 platform.

Foreign VariantsEdit

 
Panhard TC54 with an armored cab.

The French built Panhard TC54 is an Ashok Leyland Stallion but with an Austrian Steyr diesel engine and a Czech transmission built for a Saudi-Chinese 155mm towed artillery programme. 50 were delivered to Saudi Arabia and 80 to Togo.[4]

ManufactureEdit

The Stallion is manufactured by the Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) of Ordnance Factory Board.

The Stallion is designed for reliability, high mobility, off-road tactical capabilities and protection. It is built for use in harsh environments and for easy maintenance in regions where supporting infrastructure may be missing.[5]

Ashok leyland defence systems (ALDS) provides a complete package to customers along with options such as Fleet Management System, maintenance kits, training packages, electronic publications along with global warehouse support.

Vehicle configurationsEdit

The Stallion range offers various driveline configurations and standard bodies for each configuration. All base variants are available in right hand drive or left hand drive, manual or automatic transmission and armored or non-armored cabins. Ashok Leyland Defence also offers Stallion kits to various manufacturers who sell armoured vehicles and Mine Protected Vehicles (MPV).

The standard troop carrying/cargo-type platform body is fitted with steel drop sides, a single-piece drop tailgate, and a removable tarpaulin and bows.[6] An optional feature includes a torsion-free body.

The Stallion chassis has been adapted into a wide range of variants, including: Troop Carrier with Armoured Cab, Troop Carrier, Troop Carrier with Crane, Fuel Bowser, Water Bowser, Recovery Vehicle, ISO Container / Twist Locks, Fire Fighting Trucks, Tipper, MPV Kits.[5][7]

OperatorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ashok Leyland defence arm ties up with Krauss-Maffei". 23 February 2011.
  2. ^ https://cag.gov.in/sites/default/files/audit_report_files/Union_Performance_Defence_Procurement_Stores_and_Machinery_15_2010_chapter_7.pdf[dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.military-today.com/trucks/panhard_tc54.htm
  5. ^ a b Ashok Leyland Stallion Mk III 7,500/5,000 kg (4 x 4) truck (India) - Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics
  6. ^ Ashok Leyland Stallion General Utility Truck | Military-Today.com
  7. ^ Indian Ordnance Factories: Military Vehicles
  8. ^ a b "Panhard TC54 General Utility Truck - Military-Today.com".
  9. ^ "Royal Thai Navy | ยุทโธปกรณ์ในกองทัพเรือไทย". ThaiArmedForce (in Thai). 2 May 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Govt's US$50m military vehicles arrive". 7 August 2015.

External linksEdit

  • Stallion and Super Stallion trucks