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Indian industrial giant Bharat Forge, led by Baba Kalyani, has announced its foray into the development of a Light Tank. However, there’s uncertainty regarding the design approach. Whether they’ll utilize the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) design, create their own entirely, or pursue collaboration remains unclear.

This news comes amidst DRDO’s ongoing Project Zorawar, a collaboration with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for a 25-ton Light Tank. This project has achieved a significant milestone with the commencement of company-level trials. Following successful internal testing, the tank will proceed to user trials conducted by the Indian Army.

Project Zorawar stipulates that L&T can manufacture only the initial batch of 59 Light Tanks. The remaining 300 units will be built by a company chosen through a competitive tendering process. Bharat Forge’s announcement raises questions about their potential participation in this tender or their intention to develop a separate Light Tank solution.

The Indian Army’s requirement for Light Tanks presents a significant opportunity for domestic defense companies. With DRDO’s existing project and Bharat Forge’s new initiative, the coming months might shed light on collaboration prospects or witness a potential competition between the two contenders.

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