New repair and recovery tank for Indian Army

Chennai: A new Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle for the Indian Army, a variant of the Arjun Main Battle Tank, is being developed by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment here.

"We have recently received the project to meet the demand of the Army in mission mode. The project is to develop a recovery vehicle for Army use in Indian terrain," DRDO sources told PTI. The DRDO lab in Chennai will develop two prototypes in the next three years.

"It will be a Arjun variant. The hull, including the chassis automative system will almost be the same as Arjun Mark II and slight modifications will be made to accommodate a crane and a winch since it will be a recovery vehicle" the officials said. The concept and configuration of ARRV has already been finalised and CVRDE has now initiated its detailed design, he said.

The Army is expected to order 30 units if the Chennai-based DRDO lab satisfies its specifications in the first two units. The new ARRV will weigh around 65 tons and function as a recovery vehicle for the Army in tough terrain as well as in extreme climatic conditions.