Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 23
After projecting a requirement for a light tank for employment within the mountains within the wake of the stand-off with China in Ladakh, the Ministry of Defence on Friday sought requisite information from the trade for procurement.
The Army intends to procure roughly 350 new technology light tanks in a phased method together with efficiency primarily based logistics, area of interest applied sciences, engineering assist bundle and different upkeep and coaching necessities.
“In the foreseeable operational scenario, the need for an agile and mobile light platform with adequate firepower, protection, surveillance and communication capabilities is increasingly finding its operational relevance,” a request for information (RFI) issued by the MoD states.
“The light tank must have the versatility to execute operations in varying terrain conditions across diverse threats and against the equipment profile of the adversaries Hence, light tank having employability in various sectors in the country as well as rapid overseas deployment capability is an operational imperative,” the RFI provides..
The operational idea outlined by the Army is employment of a light weight versatile weapon platform with enhanced tactical and strategic mobility for employment in excessive altitude areas, marginal terrain just like the Rann of Kutch and amphibious operations. The weight of the tank could be beneath 25 tonnes.
The Army had airlifted its T-90 essential battle tanks, which weigh about 46 tonnes, to the realm to beef up its functionality after the stand-off with China alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in jap Ladakh unfolded in May final 12 months.
The Army already had a brigade of the older technology T-72 tanks together with BMP-2/3 mechanised infantry fight car in Ladakh that have been moved there over a decade in the past. Airlifting tanks and armoured automobiles is the one manner to deploy them in Ladakh as there can’t be moved by street due to the terrain, slender roads and hairpin bends.
Procurement of light tanks is a part of the Army’s plan to improve the mobility and maneuverability of its armoured components as these are thought-about to be extra versatile in rugged terrain and slender confines that Ladakh gives.