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Amid tensions in Ladakh, the Indian army is interested in the Russian Sprut-SD light tank

NEW DELHI, (BM) – Against the background of China’s deployment of Type 15 light tanks in the border areas of the Ministry of Defense of India, it received permission to urgently purchase similar equipment, since the heavy T-72 and T-90 at the disposal of New Delhi do not have the necessary mobility in the mountains, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The Indian army is looking for light tanks that can be quickly delivered to the right place by air – the land transport network in the border province of Ladakh leaves much to be desired.

Indians have little choice – the Chinese Type 15 is not available to them, for obvious reasons. The United States has just begun to create a landing tank and things have not progressed further than the prototype … There remains the Russian anti-tank self-propelled gun “Sprut-SDM”, which, in terms of capabilities and range of tasks, fits the category of light tanks.

The advantage of the Octopus is that its 125-mm gun is unified in terms of ammunition with the T-72 and T-90 tank guns.

The acquisition of light tanks was part of the emergency procurement approved by the government amid the aggravation of the situation on the border with China.

It is also planned to purchase Israeli reconnaissance and strike drones, German Sig Sauer assault rifles, portable anti-aircraft and anti-tank systems, and a number of ammunition.

India continues to arm itself and is considering buying Russian Armata tanks

India is considering buying Russian tanks on the basis of the Armata platform, as we reported on June 26 citing a source in the Russian military-industrial complex.

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“The product is being prepared for export. India showed interest in him,” said the interlocutor of Zvezda newspaper. According to him, experts decide what of the equipment of the latest tank can be exported and what not.

The fact that India is considering the purchase of Armata tanks is also mentioned in the military-analytical publications of the country. Note that such publications in the Indian media do not appear for the first time. So, in 2018, Indian Defense News reported that India plans to purchase 1,770 modern tanks to replace the obsolete T-72 and T-14. Armata is a candidate for this deal.

The interest of foreign customers in armored vehicles on the Armata platform was reported by CEO of Uralvagonzavod Alexander Potapov in February 2018. According to him, most likely, talk about export deliveries will be conducted only after the tank is acquired by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

It was previously reported that serial deliveries of promising T-14 tanks on the Armata platform to Russian troops will begin in 2021.

The T-14 Armata is the first tank in the world that implements the concept of network-centric warfare in its design concept, where the T-14 is used primarily as a reconnaissance, target designation and fire adjustment system for self-propelled guns, SAM and T-90 tanks from its tactical support link.

In addition, it is the first tank in the world with an uninhabited tower. The crew of the car is in a sealed armored capsule in front of the hull. This allows you to ensure its safety in the event of an explosion of ammunition. The crew of the tank can operate in a chemical attack or nuclear war.

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T-14 is hardly noticeable in the infrared, radio and magnetic ranges. In particular, it reduces the distance of anti-tank guided missiles, including Javelin, by 2.7 times. This means that the calculation of these complexes will be more vulnerable to return fire.

The T-14 was presented to the general public at the Victory Parade in 2015 along with other products based on the “Almaty”. At the Army-2018 forum, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that more than 100 tanks had been contracted.

India has lost 18 T-90 tanks along border with China

On July 12 we reported that several Russian T-90 tanks, which are in service with India, could be completely unusable in a future military conflict with China.

At the moment, about the loss of 18 military vehicles is known – the latter did not even have time to enter the battle, accourding the Chinese publication.

As it turned out, the weakness of the T-90 tanks, unlike the “seventy-second,” which India has no problems with, is the presence of electronics.

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The latter became a stumbling block – due to heavy rains, the electronic components installed on the T-90 tanks became unusable and the military vehicles had to be evacuated as unsuitable for further participation in military operations.

Chinese sources report that in reality, the loss of T-90 tanks, which India intended to throw into battle, is much more severe – up to 32 tanks could be disabled due to flooding

“According to foreign media reports, recent heavy rains in the Gallevan Valley caused flash floods, while water levels rose and Indian soldiers in the interior of the valley became victims of the flood. The soldiers were able to easily evacuate, but some heavy weapons, such as tanks, could not be quickly transported” the agency reports.

“In the end, as follows from the information, there were T-90 tanks that were damaged before they were thrown into battle. The reason for this is that after the flood, electronic components, wiring and the like cease to be safe and reliable. This is not without electronic equipment. This can be called a severe loss,” also Sohu said in the publication.

It should be clarified that in this controversial region it did rain heavily and floods began, however, the Indian side does not officially comment on the loss of its tanks, even despite the statements of local media.

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Gathering of military forces

On June 6 China began deployment of large military group to the border with India, which, in particular, including many tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and other armored vehicles.

On published footage is visible countless infantry fighting vehicles waiting to be dispatched on railway platforms, Type-96 tanks on tractors, as well as the arrival of units at the deployment site.

At the same time, a large convoy of Indian military trucks was deployed towards the disputed region.

What happened?

On the night of June 15-16, clashes between the Indian and Chinese military occurred in the area of ​​the Galvan River in the Union territory of Ladakh. According to Indian army sources cited by local media, no firearms were used – sticks and stones were used. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed, 76 wounded, sources in the Indian army also claim that about 45 Chinese soldiers were killed and wounded.

The situation in Ladakh escalated after clashes took place in early May with the participation of about 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers. More than 100 people were injured on both sides. Subsequently, India and China said they were making efforts to maintain stability.

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Background

Unresolved issue of drawing the border line between the former British India and Tibet. Two sections were considered controversial. One of them, with an area of ​​518 km², is located in the north-eastern part of Kashmir, also known as Aksai Chin.

The second disputed region is located in the northern part of the modern state of Arunachal Pradesh, occupies an area of ​​82.88 thousand km² along a border area of ​​approximately 700 km in length.

One of the reasons for the aggravation of relations between the countries was the fact that India discovered a road built by China through Aksai Chin, apparently constructed to improve access to Tibet, where the situation was tense then. In 1960, the PRC proposed to give India the eastern disputed site in exchange for free hands within the western.

According to another version, the real reason for the Chinese invasion was India’s political asylum to the fourteenth Dalai Lama, who fled from Tibet after the Chinese captured this country.

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