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Concerned About Chinese Movements Near LAC, Indian Army May Induct 700 Zorawar Light Tanks

Story Highlights
  • The Indian Army may agree to a request to open a second production line, either by a private company or through a public-private partnership.
  • The Indian Army also wants to buy futuristic infantry combat vehicles to improve its offensive powers.

The Indian Army’s Request for Information (RFI) for the Zorawar light tank, which is being made by the DRDO and the private company L&T, originally asked for 354 of these vehicles. However, given the size of the LAC and LOC, the Indian Army may want to buy closer to 700 light tanks in the end.

Since the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) started making Type 15 light tanks in large numbers in 2015, about 500 of them have been put into service. There is no question that the growing problems with India have led to a rise in procurement.

The PLA of China has been trying to set up sites against the Indian Army not just in Ladakh, but also in Uttarakhand, Tawang, and Arunachal Pradesh.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has been putting in light tanks to give them more firepower in high-altitude places. This may mean that the Indian Army needs to buy more Zorawar Light Tanks than it had planned.

The Indian Army may agree to a request to open a second production line, either by a private company or through a public-private partnership. This would allow for more Zorawar light tanks to be made and delivered on time, as well as a second production line.

The Indian Army also wants to buy futuristic infantry combat vehicles to improve its offensive powers. (FICV). To keep costs low, the same defense partners could be chosen, and a shared modular base would stay the same.

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