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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

In 2020, India scrapped plans to acquire K-30 Biho (Flying Tiger) under the Self-Propelled Air Defence Gun Missile System (SPAD-GMS) tender for the Indian Army from the South Korean company Hanwha following objections from Russia over the selection of Hanwha Defense.

The Defence Ministry later confirmed that SPAD-GMS will now be developed under the ‘Make in India’ initiative thus saving nearly $2.5 billion in foreign reserves, now it has been confirmed to idrw.org that the State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation is indeed planning to offer an indigenously developed system that will be based on the Light Tank platform which it is developing jointly with Private sector company Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) will be in charge of the design and development of a 30-ton SPAD-GMS that will have 2 or 4 30 mm dual-barrelled autocannon as its main armament developed by Ordnance Factory Medak along with DRDO developed MPDMS (Man-Portable Defensive Missile System) as its secondary armament that will come equipped with a 3D radar with the capability of picking up small objects including drones.

While talks between the Indian Army and DRDO are currently being held to discuss staff requirements, the Indian Army has plans to procure 104 units of SPAD-GMS initially but the order will grow later. the rollout of a prototype of the Light tank is likely to take place sometime in 2023 and SPAD-GMS prototype development might commence soon after.

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