Drdo Armoured Ambulance

DRDO Armoured Ambulances is a tracked vehicle based on "Sarath" ("Chariot of Victory") Indian license-produced variant of BMP-2. Designed by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), a branch of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), it is manufactured at the Ordnance Factory, Medak.

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Equipment

It has in-built medical facilities including a continuous ECG monitoring, a ventilator, a suction unit to remove unwanted fluids, a DC refrigerator for preserving drugs and an air-conditioner with optional heating facility.

Seating configuration

It has a seating capacity of 12 person including 2 crew, 2 medical attendants and 8 sitting patients, but this can vary depending on the number of stretcher patients, 4 stretcher patients only or 2 stretcher and 4 sitting patients.

It retains the turret but without the gun or smoke grenade launchers. The ambulance can cross a variety of terrains and even traverse water With the same mobility as Sarath Infantry Combat Vehicle. Its Feature include a special blower and absorbent filter for nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection, and external and internal radio communication for navigation.

Development & Deployment

The first prototype was ready in December 2005, it had to undergo several changes before a trial in September 2006. On 21 August 2009 after three years and 56 modifications later, 10 vehicles were rolled out ready to be used by the Indian Army. The Indian Army has placed an indent for 275 armoured tracked ambulances.

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