SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)
In a candid admission, DRDO officials have admitted to idrw.org at Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan (BVS) Expo 2015 held in Goa that blanked Ban of supply of Tatra Trucks have affected the supply of many key weapons systems which require Tatra Trucks for mobility .
Swathi ( Weapons locating radar ) which has been primarily designed to locate guns, mortars, rockets have cleared all user trials and has entered limited production but due to lack of Tatra trucks further deliveries have been on slower side admitted officials . Pinaka MK-1 / MK-2 Rocket systems are also affected by lack of Rocket launcher which needs to be mounted on Tatra Trucks said the official.
India has purchased 6,500 vehicles from Tatra from 1986 to 2012, post-2008 not a single Truck has been purchased. Heavy vehicle maker Tatra was banned in March 2012 after corruption allegations and it resulted in a shortage of both trucks and spares, rendering many trucks unusable.
Official also remarked that Tatra trucks have very good cross-country capability and can move at good speeds. When asked about alternatives been offered like from Russian Heavy vehicle maker company ” Kamaz “. He simply nodded saying it will take few years to test them in Indian conditions before orders can be placed it might be considered for long term purchase, but he hoped Tatra Trucks are cleared by Defense minister to clear backlog of key weapons systems waiting for deliveries .