The Russian T-90S MBTs and other current equipment will be replaced with a new light tank for the Indian Army.
The development of a light tank for the Indian Army is being done in partnership with Larsen & Toubro (L&T), which has verified this. According to Janes, a prototype of the new tank should be presented by the end of 2023.
L&T is now chosen as a development partner, according to Jayant D Patil, senior executive vice-president for defence at L&T, who made this statement to Janes on September 16.
In spite of the company’s involvement in the platform’s development, he continued, L&T cannot guarantee that it will play a part in the manufacturing of the tank.
“[The] Indian process cannot place development and production contracts in one,” he said. “Developed equipment has to undergo field evaluation trials and emerge successful for the induction clearance, and then [the] production ordering process begins.”
Patil did not go into detail about L&T’s involvement in the project, but Janes was informed by a senior source at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that L&T is working with the state-owned organisation on the development project.