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Indian Army continues to dream of light tanks

20th October 2022 - 06:00 GMT | by Rahul Bedi in Delhi


One contender for the Indian Army’s new light tank is Hanwha Defense’s K21-105, needed for operations in mountainous areas. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

India will adopt an indigenously designed light tank - or adopt one from overseas - to equip army forces in mountainous areas.

A light air-transportable and amphibious tank – under joint development by India’s government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and private vendor Larsen & Toubro – is competing against comparable models from Israel, South Korea and Russia to meet an Indian Army requirement for 350 units.

Industry sources at DefExpo 2022 said that a prototype of this light tank – named Zorawar – is likely to be ready for trials by late 2023. However, details of the DRDO-L&T collaboration remain opaque in terms of its design and series manufacture.

Significantly, if any of the three rival overseas light tank designs

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Rahul Bedi


Rahul Bedi

Rahul Bedi is a New Delhi-based journalist reporting for over 30 years on strategic, military, and security …

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