Mahindra Marksman, the bulletproof vehicle made by the Mahindra Group’s defence systems and military vehicles arm, have been deployed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. A total of six Mahindra Marksman have joined the Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF)’s Quick Reaction Team’s (QRT) fleet at the Delhi Airport.
The Marksman , which can seat six people, is an armoured capsule-based light bulletproof vehicle that is aimed at safeguarding people of paramilitary, police, and defence forces against not only small arms fire but also grenade attacks. According to the company, the Mahindra Marksman is armoured to ‘Level B6’ and gets a Cuppola machine gun mount with ‘270* traverse and protection’. Besides that, it also gets five side armouring of passenger compartment that enable protection against 5.56x45mm SS109 ammo.
If you though that’s all the protection measures the Marksman gets, well, you are in for a suprise. Mahindra has loaded the Marksman with a plethora of other features, including:
1. Ballistic steel interior frame: This enables backup as well as overlap protection for impact areas like windows and doors.
2. The Marksman also offers floor blast protection against detonation of two DM-51 German ordnance hand grenades or their equivalents.
3. The rear area is protected by armoured swing door that includes a gunport and view glass.
Mahindra notes that in order to make up for the additional armoured weight of all the doors, the Marksman gets heavy duty door hinges.
Besides that, this Mahindra bulletproof vehicle also gets a machine gun mount, seven firing crew ports, a rear-view camera, and LCD screen.
Now, a vehicle like this undoubtedly needs a robust engine and powerful mechanicals. The Mahindra Marksman is offered with two turbocharged diesel engine options: a 2.2-litre m-hawk CRDe and a 2.6-litre intercooled DI. Both come paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. While the 2.2-litre engine puts out a maximum power of 120 bhp at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 280 Nm at 1,800 – 2,800 rpm, the 2.6-litre unit delivers 115 bhp at 3,800 rpm and 228 Nm at 1,800 – 2,200 rpm.