Boosting Indian Army's Might: Zorawar Light Tank Set to Strengthen Border Defense
Boosting Indian Army's Might: Zorawar Light Tank Set to Strengthen Border Defense

New Delhi: The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India has initiated trials for the Zorawar tank, designed to respond effectively to actions from adversary countries like Pakistan and China along the Indian border. The Zorawar tank, produced in collaboration with Larsen & Toubro (L&T), is a light tank intended for border surveillance. The trials involved testing the light tanks equipped with a new engine by covering a distance of over 100 kilometers. These tanks are anticipated to be handed over to the Indian Army by April this year.

The production of the Zorawar tank faced delays due to a supply chain issue with the engine from Germany. Despite months of negotiations and diplomatic intervention, the German company couldn't commit to delivering the engine on time. Consequently, an association with American companies, particularly Cummins, was established to resolve the delay and expedite the production of light tanks.

The Indian Army has identified the need for 354 light tanks, especially in the high-altitude regions of Ladakh. L&T and DRDO are set to manufacture 59 tanks, with the remaining tanks to be produced by other Indian companies through a bidding process. The Zorawar tank, part of Project Zorawar, incorporates modern features like artificial intelligence integration, drone warfare capabilities, and an active protection system. It is based on the chassis of the K9 Vajra automatic artillery gun, designed and developed in India for the Army, allowing effective operation in diverse terrains, including high-altitude and island areas. The lightweight and agile platforms emphasize firepower, protection, surveillance, and communication capabilities, addressing the challenges posed by the deployment of adversary forces in disputed regions.

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