‘It is India’s first vehicle that can be driven on road, marshy terrain and in water as well.’

A hi-tech armoured vehicle, which can run on both road and water and also performs very well in mountainous terrain, has been added to the Central Reserve Police Force arsenal.

The 8-by-8 vehicle can carry 10 troops and a driver.

“It weighs about 24 tonnes and is eight metres in length and three metres in width,” says senior CRPF officer Shish Pal.

It has a speed of 8 to 10 kilometres per hour in water. In normal terrain, it can drive at speeds up to 140 kilometres per hour.

The vehicle can move in rivers against the waves. It is fully bulletproof and mine-protected, Pal adds.

“We can launch an assault while sitting inside the bulletproof vehicle. This will help in anti-terror operations as we can get closer to targets where terrorists are holed up,” CRPF jawan Pratap Singh tells PTI.














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