Indian Army Proposes Deployment of Zorawar Light Tanks Amidst Border Tensions with China

Indian Army Proposes Deployment of Zorawar Light Tanks Amidst Border Tensions with China

Zorawar Light Tanks: Following the confrontation with Chinese troops in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian Army is taking action, with plans to deploy Zorawar Light Tanks along the China border. A proposal has been forwarded to the Defense Ministry, slated for discussion during an upcoming high-level meeting later this week.

The proposal entails the acquisition of 354 Zorawar tanks

Government sources, as reported by news agency ANI, reveal that the Defense Ministry will deliberate on procuring 354 Zorawar Light Tanks, a move aligned with the Make in India initiative. The Indian Army has outlined specifications for the prospective light tank, christened 'Zoravar'.

These tanks boast versatility in deployment

Named after the esteemed general renowned for his triumphs in Tibet and regions now under Chinese control, these light tanks are anticipated to alleviate the challenges posed by medium battle tanks. Additionally, they are adaptable for deployment across various terrains including plains, semi-desert, desert, high altitude areas (HAA), frontier regions, and islands, augmenting the Indian Army's responsiveness in emergencies.

The 'Zorawar' tanks are designed for lightweight maneuverability

Presently, the Indian Army's tank fleet predominantly comprises heavy models suitable for desert and plains. Tanks such as the Russian T-72, T-90, and indigenous Arjun weigh between 45 to 70 tonnes, posing logistical challenges in hilly terrain. In contrast, the Zorawar Light Tanks weigh approximately 25 tonnes, facilitating easy deployment in mountainous regions.

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