South Korean defense manufacturer Hanwha made a proposal to the Indian Army for the K21-105 light tank.
During the tension with the People’s Liberation Army in Ladakh region last year, the Indian Army deployed its huge armored vehicle fleet consisting of T-90 and T-72 tanks. These heavy tanks have to be transported by IAF aircraft to frontline locations. In contrast, the PLA has mobilized its Type 15 (VT-5) light tanks in the region, which provides increased transport and better maneuverability over complex terrain.
Although India’s main battle tanks are superior in firepower and armor, the use of these costly assets for the frontline poses a number of logistical problems. As a result, the Indian Army has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to the suppliers in a plan to purchase 350 light tanks for deployment in mountainous terrains.
Amid speculations that the Indian Army will purchase the Sprut Light Tank from Russia, South Korean defense manufacturer Hanwha made a proposal to the Indian Army for the K21-105 light tank. To get a lucrative contract, the South Korean armored vehicle manufacturer offers the most active cooperation and other measures. In accordance with the Make in India plan, it is required to localize production as much as possible. Regardless of its origin, domestic or imported, a maximum of components and the tank itself must be assembled at Indian enterprises.