According to the Indian Ministry of Defense, the next stage in increasing the fighting capacity of the Indian army will be to develop its own version of an unmanned combat ground vehicle known as the UCGV.
The Indian Defense Research and Development Organization [DRDO] revealed that work on an autonomous ground combat vehicle based on the Arjun Mk.1A tank had begun. The new project’s laboratory design has already been finished, according to DRDO. According to the DRDO, the entire project is supported by the Indian government.
Surveillance, escort, infantry support, reconnaissance, and mine detection are among the objectives that the system, which is being created at the request of the Indian Army, will have to do.
The Defense Ministry has invested heavily in the development of the Arjun Mk.1A tank. The Indian Ministry of Defense has given the local state-owned Heavy Vehicle Factory a contract to equip the Indian Army with 118 main Arjun Mk-1A combat tanks. The country’s Defense Ministry has signed a contract worth more than $1 billion to deliver more than 100 Arjun Mk-1A tanks.
This deal is being implemented as part of the Made in India initiative, which has been in place for more than a year and aims to build the essential skills and technologies for the production and localization of various weapons for the Indian Army.
It should be remembered that the Arjun Mk-1A is an improved variant of an earlier Arjun tank designed by Indian gunsmiths. “This tank will be able to deliver good mobility in any region thanks to 72 new improvements,” the MoD noted, presumably referring to the previous version’s issues.
The army will receive the first five samples in 30 months, following which 30 new vehicles will be issued each year.
It should be remembered that the Russian T-90, which was stationed in India in the early 2000s, is currently the Indian Army’s main battle tank. Local gunsmiths have been trying to replace it with a machine of their own invention for about ten years.