Tata Motors, DRB-Hicom to build vehicles for Malaysian Army image

Tata Motors has tied up with DRB-Hicom Berhad to supply trucks to Malaysia’s armed forces.

“Tata Motors and DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (Deftech), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Berhad, Malaysia, have signed a cooperation agreement to enable both Deftech and Tata Motors to develop, promote and market Tata Motors high mobility 4×4 trucks with payloads ranging from 2.5 tonnes to 5.0 tonnes for the armed forces of Malaysia,” a Tata release said here.

While Malaysia is a relatively small market for military hardware by U.S. terms, the country spends $3.5 billion a year on its armed forces.

Tata vehicles, meanwhile, are in use by armies around the Indian Ocean, and can readily be found used as far away as South Africa.

Initially, the Malaysian firm, DEFTECH will work on two Tata Motors models — LPTA 715 and LPTA 1623.
Tata Motors’ revenue from the defense business was about Rs 1,000 crore in 2011-12, up 50 per cent over the last year.

In the current fiscal, the company is looking at 25-35 per cent growth.