After China moved Type 15 ZTPQ light tanks among other equipment to the areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), to support its aggressive posture, “is a wake up call for upgrading deterrence in these areas where medium category tanks are difficult to deploy,” said Lt Gen (rtd) AB Shivane, former DG (Mechanised Force). He said medium tanks have their limitations.
“Technology infusion has changed the notion of heavier the better”, Shivane added. The importance of light tank as a ‘mobile protected fire power’ for the Indian Army for multi -spectrum, multi-front applications cannot be ignored by the professionals, said Lt Gen (rtd) A B Shivane.
At this point,India is seriously thinking of procuring Russian made air transportable Spurt SDM1 light tank, he said.