Ashok leyland has formed a consortium agreement along with Larsen & Toubro Ltd and Nexter Systems to collaborate for Mounted Gun Systems (MGS), the artillery programme of Indian Army.
The partnership was signed at Eurosatory, world's largest defence exhibitions, between Nexter, L&T and Ashok Leyland. It may be noted Nexter and L&T have already joined hands for the Towed Gun System programme of the Indian Defence, by proposing the TRAIAN, which is under evaluation.
Under the agreement, L&T will act as the prime contractor and Nexter will transfer the final integration and production of the MGS artillery system in India to L&T. The system proposed by the consortium for the MGS programme is called CAESAR artillery system of 6x6 Super Stallion chassis from Ashok Leylenad.
It may be recalled that the Indian version of the CAESAR was displayed at DEFEXPO show in New Delhi in February 2014.
According to Ashok Leyland, the partnership among the tree companies is based on delivering the best solution and value to the Indian army. The customisation of the systems to fulfill the requirements of the Indian arm will be done in co-operation between the three companies.