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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is likely to propose the development of a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAA) variant based on its indigenously developed Light Tank. This proposal comes in response to the Indian Army’s long-standing requirement for 104 units of mobile short-range air defence systems.

The Indian Army’s Self-Propelled Air Defence Gun Missile System (SPAD-GMS) program aims to address a critical gap in its air defence capabilities. DRDO’s solution leverages the Light Tank chassis, offering a highly mobile platform for this new SPAA system.

This SPAA variant is envisioned to be equipped with a comprehensive suite of sensors and fire-control systems, including:

  • Surveillance and fire-control radar
  • Electro-optical targeting system (EOTS)
  • Panoramic periscope
  • Forward-looking infrared system (FLIR)
  • Laser rangefinder (LRF)
  • Thermal sight
  • TV camera
  • Digital fire-control system

The firepower of this proposed SPAAG would pack a punch, potentially integrating both DRDO-developed Very Short-Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missiles for engaging aerial threats and a twin 30 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon for close-in defence.

This combination of a mobile platform, advanced sensor suite, and potent firepower would provide the Indian Army with a much-needed boost to its air defence capabilities. The Light Tank chassis, known for its manoeuvrability, could prove advantageous on the battlefield, allowing the SPAAG to respond swiftly to emerging threats.

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