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Indian Army gets offer of a new light tank by Hanwha Defense

Hanwha Defense a South Korean company has offered a new combat vehicle with a 105mm turret mounted on its K21 chassis to the Indian Army. The Indian Army had released Request for Information (RFI) to seek prospective vendors to procure around 350 light tanks in a phased manner under the Make in India initiative. 

The RFI dated 22nd April 2021 and published on Friday stated that the Defence Ministry intends to procure a “new generation combat vehicle platform, approximately 350 Light Tanks in a phased manner, along with performance-based logistics, niche technologies, engineering support package, and other maintenance, and training requirements. The last date of acceptance of receipt of response is 18th June 2021.” 

Hanwha Defense claims that the vehicle has a 105mm turret mounted on a K21 infantry fighting vehicle chassis. It has strong firepower and maneuverability that enables the vehicle to perform a variety of tactical operations than main battle tanks. The company also shared a promo video of its K21-105 tank, which they classify as a medium tank. 

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