SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Heightened tension with China on the Ladakh sector has come as a boon to Project Zorawar to develop a 25-ton Light Tank for the Indian Army as DRDO and L&T plan to rollout prototypes later this year, Indian Army also plans to conclude trials within 18-24 months.
25-ton Light Tank will first go through Internal trials after rollout and will be immediately handed over to Indian Army for High-altitude trials had have been lined up along LAC from the Ladakh sector to Arunachal Pradesh.
Light Tank after completion of the Army trials will enter production at least for the first regiment that will see tank being manufactured by the DRDO-L&T later and the rest will be manufactured under the Make 1 Category.
Light Tank will feature a 1000hp German MTU engine that is Winter customized for Superior High altitude operations that are mated to the Allison 3040 MX propulsion and will get a 3105 turret from John Cockerill Defence of Belgium that also incorporates 105mm Gun along with niche technologies to include Artificial Intelligence, drone integration, active protection system and a high degree of situational awareness.
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