India New Light Tank Zorawar Set for Army Testing in April

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India New Light Tank Zorawar Set for Army Testing in April

The Defense News , India :- The Indian Army is gearing up for trials of its latest light tank, Zorawar, as development progresses swiftly. The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is working hard to complete the tank's testing phase, with plans to hand it over to the Indian Army for further evaluation in April of this year.

According to defense officials, the Zorawar light tank, equipped with a new engine, has undergone successful testing at our partner's production facilities, covering a distance of over 100 kilometers. The tank is now on track to be delivered to the Indian Army by April.

The Indian Army has placed an order for 59 Zorawar light tanks with the DRDO, in collaboration with Larsen and Toubro. Originally scheduled for delivery in December, the project faced delays due to engine supply issues from Germany.

Despite setbacks, the Indian Army remains committed to enhancing its capabilities in the Ladakh sector, where the Chinese have deployed their light tanks. To address this, the Army plans to acquire an additional 295 light tanks through a separate program. Six to seven companies are participating in the competition to supply these tanks.

This ambitious project is part of the Indian Army's collaboration with private sector firms to develop cutting-edge weapon systems. The Defense Acquisition Council recently approved the light tank initiative, aiming to bolster mobility and maneuverability in challenging terrains.

The DRDO, in partnership with L&T, is diligently working on the 25-tonne light tank, designed to navigate the high mountainous terrain of Ladakh seamlessly. The entire project aligns with the Make in India initiative, showcasing India's commitment to producing advanced weaponry domestically.

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