Mortar is loaded manually?
The Carrier Mortar Tracked vehicle is based on "Sarath" ("Chariot of Victory") Indian licence-produced variant of BMP-2. This turret-less version has an 81 mm mortar mounted in the modified troop compartment. The mortar is fired through an opening in the hull roof that has two hinged doors. It has a maximum range of 5,000 m, a normal rate of fire of 6-8 rds/min and capacity to fire from 40° to 85° and traverse 24° on either side. There is also a long-range version of the mortar. The vehicle carries 108 mortar rounds and is also fitted with a 7.62 mm machine gun with 2,350 rounds. It can be operated by all mechanised infantry battalions moves along with the leading mechanised elements providing instantaneous fire support up to a depth of five km behind enemy lines. It can also provide protection to crew and mortar fires. Besides providing services like aerial targets, the vehicle also has amphibious capabilities.
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These cost as much as T-90s
Sense should prevail and this light tank nonsense should stop. Modernise the T90 and deploy it wherever possible.
Better they should induct howitzers more in numbers, and do indirect firing on enemy position from behind. K9 can operate in ladakh region. IA still in WW2 mentality.Sense should prevail and this light tank nonsense should stop. Modernise the T90 and deploy it wherever possible.
A 57mm armour piercing round will rip apart the tank. Forget fighting a Chinese light tank with this.
To fight Chinese tanks we need T90 there. They can take a hit and survive. Light tank concept is flawed.
If we need a mobile platform with a higher caliber gun, say a APC with 100mm+ gun for taking out lightly armoured vehicles and bunker positions, then that is a different requirement.Better they should induct howitzers more in numbers, and do indirect firing on enemy position from behind. K9 can operate in ladakh region. IA still in WW2 mentality.
One is ready or almost ready with some modifications to meet IA requirement, where DRDO product is on other hand is still on drawing board.