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The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) recently unveiled its latest innovation, the Zorawar Light Tank. This 25-ton marvel immediately captured attention due to its advanced rubber track system, a departure from the traditional steel track designs equipped with detachable rubber pads seen on main battle tanks like the Arjun Mk1A.

Designed for operations in high-altitude regions, the Zorawar Light Tank is specifically engineered to navigate steep mountains and cross water bodies such as rivers. This capability is crucial for deployment in areas like the Ladakh region, often referred to as the cold desert. The rubber track system is particularly well-suited for the hard ground surfaces prevalent in this terrain.

One of the key advantages of the rubber track system is its enhanced fuel efficiency. Unlike steel tracks, rubber tracks can clear out debris such as snow, dirt, or mud autonomously, eliminating the need for external assistance. This self-cleaning feature ensures uninterrupted mobility in challenging environments.

Moreover, the rubber track system is significantly lighter than its steel counterpart, potentially reducing the overall weight of the steel tracks by nearly 50 percent. This weight reduction not only improves the tank’s agility but also enhances its operational range and ease of transportation.

Noise reduction is another notable benefit of the rubber track system. It decreases external noise by 13 decibels, contributing to stealthier operations. For the crew inside, the noise reduction is around 6 decibels, creating a more comfortable and less stressful working environment.

The reduction in overall vibration by 60-70 percent means that the crew can operate the tank for extended periods without experiencing fatigue. This improvement in crew endurance can significantly enhance operational effectiveness in prolonged missions.