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Indigenous Zorawar Light Tank developed in record time, is all set for Army trials

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Indigenous Zorawar Light Tank developed in record time, is all set for Army trials
DRDO designed indigenous Zorawar Light Tank developed for the Indian Army, to be manufactured by Larsen & Toubro (L&T)

The development of the Indigenous Zorawar Light Tank, a collaborative effort between Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has reached a significant milestone. In just 19 months, the project has gone from concept to reality, with the tank now undergoing trials and gearing up for Army evaluations this summer.

Jayant D. Patil, Advisor to CMD, L&T, highlighted the remarkable achievement of bringing the Zorawar Light Tank from concept to trials in a record time frame. This success, he noted, was made possible through the synergy of L&T and DRDO’s expertise. While each entity could have developed the tank independently, collaboration significantly expedited the process.

The Zorawar Light Tank project is advancing rapidly, with the tank expected to enter higher levels of involvement and undergo Army trials in the coming months. The focus is currently on refining the tank’s performance and reliability through rigorous testing.

The development of the Zorawar Light Tank aligns with the Indian Army’s strategic needs, particularly for deployment in challenging terrains like the Himalayas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. The tank is designed to be light and maneuverable without compromising on firepower, making it well-suited for such environments.

The Zorawar Light Tank, as per the Indian Army’s request for information (RFI), must adhere to specific criteria. It should weigh no more than 25 tons and accommodate a crew of three. Additionally, it must be equipped with a 105 mm main gun and a third-generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).

The Zorawar Light Tank will feature advanced technologies to enhance its capabilities. These include artificial intelligence for improved situational awareness, integration with swarm drones, loitering munitions for increased lethality, and an active protection system to defend against modern anti-armour systems.

Initially planned to use German MTU engines, the Zorawar tank faced delays, leading to the adoption of Cummins 750 hp engines for the prototypes. This change reflects the project’s adaptability and commitment to overcoming obstacles to ensure timely development.

The progress of the Zorawar Light Tank project underscores India’s dedication to indigenous defense innovation. The tank’s development not only meets the Indian Army’s operational requirements but also demonstrates the country’s ability to rapidly advance in defense technology.

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