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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently showcased its WHAP 8×8 armoured vehicle platform, with a variant specifically designed for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) defence.

Discussions are reportedly underway between the Indian Army and DRDO regarding the development of a 105mm cannon variant of the WHAP platform. This variant is envisioned as a Light Combat Tank (LCT), designed to complement Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) on the battlefield. has been told some countries are looking for more firepower and might be interested in LCT variant. DRDO is already developing ATGM Variant of the Whap.

Details concerning the LCT variant remain under wraps, but sources suggested that the 105mm cannon employed in Project Zorawar, India’s light tank program, might be adapted for the WHAP platform.

Both Tata and Mahindra, who have developed their own WHAP variants based on DRDO’s technology transfer program, have expressed interest in participating in the LCT development. This collaborative approach could expedite the project’s progress.

The WHAP platform’s initial showcase in its Armoured personnel carrier and CBRN defence role demonstrated its adaptability. The potential LCT variant signifies DRDO’s ambition to expand the platform’s capabilities beyond specialized applications.

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