SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
JD Patil, Advisor to CEO and MD for L&T Defence Business and New Age Smart Technology Businesses confirmed that DRDO-L&T co-developed Zorawar light tank is not based on the chassis or the hull of the Korean K9 Vajra howitzer that the company has locally produced under Transfer of Technology but will be based on the new design provided by the DRDO.
idrw.org had reported in the past that the Zorawar light tank chassis or the hull will be based on the proposed Next Generation Main Battle Tank (NGMBT) design. Patil also confirmed that the engine and transmission of the Zorawar light tank are based on imported technology, while other equipment are made in India.
MTU MT 881 Ka-500 V8 water-cooled diesel engine that offers a power range of 735 kW (1000hp) at 2700 rpm is likely the power pack that has been chosen to power Zorawar light tank. DRDO already has confirmed that the Zorawar Powerpack will be optimized for high-altitude operations and the rollout of the prototype will happen next year.
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