Indian Army to buy Rugged Terrain Bikes (RTB) for High Altitudes

The Ministry of Defence, Government of India, intends to purchase 2748 Rugged Terrain Bikes (RTBs) with Accessories under emergency procurement via Fast Track Procedure (FTP) in the Buy (Indian) category.

A Rugged Terrain Bike (RTB) should have at least two personnel, including the driver, and a Monoblock seat with at least 360 CC. Maximum Speed: 80 km/h on the road, 40 km/h cross-country in mountainous terrain, and 30 km/h in deserts. Rugged Terrain Bike (RTB) should be able to operate at an altitude of up to 17000 feet, with a fuel type of either petrol or hybrid, and an unladen weight of no more than 200 kg.

Indian Army intends to purchase 300 high-altitude rough terrain vehicles.

In May 2020, a border standoff between India and China erupted. While the two sides have had some success in disengaging rival soldiers from some conflict areas along the Ladakh-Ladakh border, talks to end the deadlock that has derailed the bilateral relationship are still ongoing. Before de-escalation of the conflict and, finally, the de-induction of troops and weapons, soldiers must be disengaged from all points of friction.

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The army will use the emergency procurement fast-track procedure to purchase highly mobile, multi-configurable wheeled vehicles. The news comes amid a lingering standoff with the Chinese army along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh sector, with tensions spreading into the eastern sector as well. The army stated in a request for proposal (RFP) seeking prospective bidders that these vehicles should be helicopter transportable and capable of operating at an altitude of 16,000 feet. Their ability to operate in snow-covered undulating terrain for extended periods of time makes them ideal for last-mile delivery (LMD) tasks.

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The army intends to use these vehicles in temperatures ranging from -20 to +45 degrees Celsius. Another important army requirement is an inbuilt cold engine start system. Furthermore, the engine power and range of these vehicles should not be less than 30 HP and 100 Km, respectively. These vehicles are expected to be used in Ladakh as well as the eastern sector.

Along the border with China, the army is rapidly upgrading its capability with a variety of weapons and systems such as artillery guns, swarm drone systems capable of carrying out offensive missions in enemy territory, longer-range rockets, remotely piloted aerial systems, and high-mobility protected vehicles, while also developing light tanks for mountain warfare and futuristic infantry combat.

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