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The conflict in Ukraine has exposed a vulnerability in the Russian Main Battle Tank, which has captured the Indian Army’s attention as it pursues its ambitious Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) initiative. The FRCV project aims to phase out the T-72 Main Battle Tanks supplied by the Soviet Union from 2030 onward.

While the Indian Army has prioritized the creation of a Light Tank for high altitude regions to keep up with Chinese firepower, Project Zorwar will also provide vital insights for the FRCV’s development. The FRCV will integrate advancements in asymmetric technologies and address emerging threats against armored formations.

The Army is seeking a cutting-edge battle tank platform that not only outmatches its predecessors but also integrates specialized technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and see-through armor while functioning within a “network-centric environment.”

The new tanks must operate continuously day and night, possess all-terrain agility and high mobility, offer lethal firepower with pinpoint accuracy, and provide multi-layered protection through niche technologies.

To meet the Army’s requirements, the next generation battle tank must have long detection and identification ranges with thermal night vision and “lock on target” capabilities, as well as smoke dischargers with anti-thermal and laser capabilities.

The Army is also seeking an automated loading system that requires minimal intervention and engagement time, with the added advantage of being lightweight for optimal operations. The tank must also be equipped with “soft kill systems” and other countermeasures, including laser warning systems and RF sensors.

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