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In a dynamic move aimed at fortifying defense capabilities, the United States has once again extended an offer of its advanced “Stryker” fighting vehicles to India. This proposal comes as India explores both international collaborations and local options to bolster its armored infantry vehicle fleet. The Stryker, a potent eight-wheel drive V-hull armored infantry vehicle, is designed to swiftly respond to combat situations, making it a valuable asset in insurgent or wartime scenarios.

Manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems, the Stryker is a versatile infantry combat vehicle equipped with formidable features, including a 30 mm cannon and a 105 mm mobile gun. The vehicle’s capabilities make it well-suited for rapid combat reactions and providing a tactical edge to military operations.

In this context, the US has extended the offer of the Stryker armored infantry vehicle to India. However, the Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is pursuing a self-reliant approach through its “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiative. This approach emphasizes developing domestic capabilities and technologies to meet defense requirements.

Under this initiative, Indian private sector companies, including Tata Systems, have already made strides in the development of the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP). Tata Systems’ WhAP variant has been successfully inducted into the Indian Army, showcasing the country’s capacity to produce advanced armored vehicles domestically. While the Indian Army has not placed extensive orders for this type yet, the technology and capability development signal a shift towards self-sufficiency.

Notably, Mahindra and the Kalyani Group are also actively engaged in the endeavor to develop their own locally designed armored vehicles. The competition among these Indian companies to design and manufacture armored vehicles that meet the Army’s specifications underscores the nation’s commitment to enhancing its indigenous defense capabilities.

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