About Zorawar Light Tank

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Recently, defence officials said that the prototype of the country’s indigenous light tank Zorawar is ready and will soon be subjected to extensive trials.

About Zorawar Light Tank: 

  • It is an indigenously designed and developed Light Tank.
  • It was jointly developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) as the lead integrator. 
  • It was named after a military general, Zorawar Singh Kahluria, who had served under Jammu’s Raja Gulab Singh in the 19th Century.
  • Features
    • It is weighing a maximum 25 tonnes, is a key requirement of the light tank which ensures it can be transported by air.
    • The tank will be able to fire at high angles of elevation and perform the role of limited artillery and is an agile weapon platform.
    • It is designed to operate in varying terrain, from high-altitude areas and marginal terrains to island territories.
    • It will be equipped with all the modern technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Drone Integration, a high degree of situational awareness, and amphibious operation capability.
    • Unique about this tank is the weight as well as the combination of the fundamental parameters of a tank, which is the fire, power, mobility and protection. All three are optimized in such a way that the weight is also maintained. 
  • It is expected to be inducted into the Indian Army by the year 2027 after all trials.

Q1: What is the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)?

It was formed in 1958 by merging the then-existing Technical Development Establishment (TDEs) of the Indian Army and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production (DTDP) with the Defence Science Organisation (DSO). It is the R&D wing of the Ministry of Defence, Govt of India, with a vision to empower India with cutting-edge defence technologies and a mission to achieve self-reliance in critical defence technologies and systems.

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