Indian Defence Ministry is currently in advanced talks with Russian Federation to acquire light weight tanks. Sprut are newly developed tanks in Russia. They are being acquired to be used in high altitude areas of LAC. The need to buy 2S25 Sprut-SD Light Tanks has come after border hostilities with China increased in the LAC. The new Sprut tank is under trial in Russia.
India is to acquire 2 dozen Sprut light weight tanks in the first tranche. The cost of single tank is less Rs five hundred crores. This falls within the emergency financial powers provided to the chiefs after Galwan clash.
About Sprut Light Tank
It is a self-propelled tank destroyer and a light tank. These tanks shall be air dropped from an aircraft with 3 operating men sitting inside. It weighs 18 tonnes and can reach a speed of 71 km per hour.
The recent Indian Procurements of India from Russia Federation are as follows
- In January 2020, India and Russia signed 14 MoU during Defexpo, 2020 in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow.
- In July 2020, The Defence Acquisition Council approved the proposal of deals worth Rs 38,900. Under this, around 21 MiG-29 fighter jets were to be procured from Russia at Rs 7,418 crores. The rest such as Sukhoi Su-30MKI was to be procured from HAL at Rs 10,730 crores.
- The Brahmos medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile was developed under a joint venture between India and Russia
- The T-90 tanks that are currently deployed in Indian Army were bought from Russia in 2001. Presently, India is developing its own tank “Arjun”
- A $5.43 billion deal was signed between India & Russia to acquire S-400 missiles in October 2018. The missiles are to reach India in 2021.
- In 2019, Russia offered three refurbished Kilo Class submarines to India. India bought the submarine for &1.82 billion.
- During Defexpo 2020, India and Russia signed deals to procure R-27 air-to-air missiles.
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