Ashok Leyland To Bag Order for 500 CVs from Malawi Government
Published On Jun 23, 2016
Indian commercial vehicle major Ashok Leyland already has a strong foothold in the African continent and now it’s in talks with Malawi government for another deal. The CV manufacturer will provide 500 heavy vehicles for both military and civilian applications if it closes the order. The new vehicles will replace the current operational fleet of Malawi Defense Force (MDF). Ashok Leyland is already selling the Dost small commercial vehicle to Malawi along with the South African and Kenyan market.
Chairman of Malawi Parliamentary Defense Committee, Mr. Willet Kalonga, said, “Malawian troops need new, modern equipment to operate in the thick jungles and bad Congolese terrain. We will request the government to ensure that our troops are adequately equipped for such missions. Here, the forest is very thick and vision is down to 5 meters, all in very bad terrain.”
Back in July 2015, Ashok Leyland exported a fleet of 633 commercial vehicles including ambulances, water tankers, fuel tanker, troop carriers, buses, transport trucks, LCVs, and fire tenders to Zimbabwe Defense Forces at a cost of US $50 million. It also completed the order of 691 vehicles for Tanzania People’s Defense Force in 2013 for US $35 million.
Commenting on these deals, Mr. Vinod Dasari, MD, Ashok Leyland, said, “These projects are a continuation of the many pilot projects we have done across Africa to offer integrated solutions, and these orders have been won in the face of stiff global competition. This is the beginning of a successful new area of enhanced cooperation between Ashok Leyland, Africa and our valued customers.”