Mahindra Armado Unveiled at the 2024 Republic Day Parade: India’s First Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle

Mahindra Armado Unveiled at the 2024 Republic Day Parade: India’s First Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle

The 2024 Republic Day Parade featured the debut of the Mahindra Armado, India’s first Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle. In addition to the state tableaus, the military vehicles showcased included this innovative vehicle designed specifically for the Indian armed forces.

Mahindra Armado Overview

The Armado is a modular Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV), providing high-level ballistic protection up to B7, Stanag Level II. It is a versatile machine designed for various applications, such as quick response teams, Special Forces, counter-terrorism operations, and border patrolling.

Development and Deliveries

The Armado was designed and developed in India, with the first deliveries starting in June 2012. Its modular design allows for adaptability in different military scenarios, making it a crucial asset for the armed forces.


  • Ballistic Protection: Up to B7, Stanag Level II.
  • Powertrain: 3.2-litre turbocharged direct-injection diesel with multi-fuel capability.
  • Power Output: 215hp, 500 Nm of torque.
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic gearbox.
  • Top Speed: 120kph.
  • Payload Capacity: 1,000kg.
  • Range with Puncture: 50km.
  • Tyre Size: 318/80-R17.


The Armado is designed for a variety of military operations, including:

  • Quick response teams.
  • Special Forces.
  • Counter-terrorism operations.
  • Border patrolling.

Additional Features

  • Self-Cleaning Exhaust: Enhances the vehicle’s performance in extreme conditions.
  • Filtration System: Provides protection in challenging environments.

Appearance at the 2024 Republic Day Parade

The Mahindra Armado made its first public appearance at the 2024 Republic Day Parade at Kartavya Path, showcasing its two avatars (LSV and VMIMS). The design of the Armado is both robust and functional, incorporating various factors to meet the diverse needs of military operations.

Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs)

  1. What is the Mahindra Armado?
    • A. Light commercial vehicle
    • B. Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV)
    • C. Sports car
    • D. Agricultural tractor
    • Answer: B
  2. What level of ballistic protection does the Armado offer?
    • A. B5, Stanag Level I
    • B. B7, Stanag Level II
    • C. B3, Stanag Level III
    • D. B9, Stanag Level IV
    • Answer: B
  3. When did the first deliveries of the Armado begin?
    • A. June 2010
    • B. June 2012
    • C. June 2014
    • D. June 2016
    • Answer: B
  4. What is the power output of the Armado’s powertrain?
    • A. 180hp
    • B. 215hp
    • C. 250hp
    • D. 300hp
    • Answer: B
  5. What is the top speed of the Mahindra Armado?
    • A. 100kph
    • B. 120kph
    • C. 140kph
    • D. 160kph
    • Answer: B
  6. In which military operations can the Armado be used?
    • A. Agricultural missions
    • B. Space exploration
    • C. Border patrolling, Special Forces, counter-terrorism
    • D. Underwater surveillance
    • Answer: C