India is developing a new recovery vehicle based on the new Arjun Mark II main battle tank.
Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) of India , which
is developing a new Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle, has reached
the final stage of the 'complete specification' for the ARRV, a senior
finalisation of complete specification for ARRV is under final stage.
We are going in the right direction," the CVRDE scientist told PTI.
The new ARRV, a variant of the Arjun Main Battle Tank, is being developed
for the Indian Army at the DRDO lab here.
CVRDE will develop two prototypes in the next three years. 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, 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