- The tanks will be developed in India
- The proposed development is in line with Make in India government plans
- Ongoing supply chain constraints in light of the Ukrainian crisis have prompted the Ministry of Defense to seek an indigenous path to develop the tank
“To overcome the limitations faced by medium battle tanks and equip the Indian Army for all eventualities in the High Altitude Area (HAA), marginal terrain and island territories in addition to its use in plains, semi-deserts and deserts, it is now important to introduce light tanks,” official sources quoted by the ANI news agency said.
Ongoing supply chain constraints in light of the Ukrainian crisis prompted the Ministry of Defense to seek an indigenous path to develop the tank. Named after the former “general of the Dogra army who won successful victories in Tibet”, the tank will add much-needed versatility to the army’s armored regiment. It can be noted that although the army has already used heavier tanks such as the T-90 Bhishma and the T-72, they are mainly suitable for operations in the plains and deserts.
“The Stuart tanks of the 254th Indian Tank Brigade at the Battle of Kohima in World War II, at Naushera, Jhangar, Rajauri and most successfully at Zojila in the Indo-Pakistani War 1947-48, AMX tanks- 13 at Chushul and Bomdila in 1962, AMX-13 tanks at Chammb in 1965 and the PT-76 amphibious light tanks in 1971 with the PT-76 tanks leading the race towards Dhaka,” the agency said citing sources.
The tank development plan in India is in line with the government’s push for Aatmanirbhar Bharat, which focuses on indigenous development in all sectors including defence. In fact, as reported earlier, the Indian Army has purchased Swarm drones from two Indian startups.