DRDO's Innovative Rubber Tracks in Zorawar Tanks to Revolutionize High-Altitude Warfare

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India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has unveiled the Zorawar Light Tank, a groundbreaking 25-ton armored vehicle designed for high-altitude warfare. The tank's most notable feature is its innovative rubber track system, a departure from the traditional steel tracks found on main battle tanks.

Engineered specifically for operations in high-altitude regions like Ladakh, the Zorawar is built to navigate steep mountains, cross rivers, and traverse the hard ground surfaces common in cold desert environments.

Key Advantages of Rubber Tracks​

The rubber track system offers several significant advantages over traditional steel tracks:
  • Enhanced Fuel Efficiency: The rubber tracks autonomously clear debris like snow, dirt, and mud, eliminating the need for external assistance and ensuring uninterrupted mobility.
  • Weight Reduction: The rubber tracks are considerably lighter than steel tracks, potentially reducing the overall weight by nearly 50%. This improves agility, increases operational range, and simplifies transportation.
  • Noise Reduction: The rubber tracks reduce external noise by 13 decibels, enhancing stealth, and internal noise by 6 decibels, improving crew comfort.
  • Vibration Reduction: A 60-70% reduction in vibration allows the crew to operate the tank for extended periods without fatigue, increasing operational effectiveness in long missions.
According to open-source discussions on platforms like Reddit, rubber tracks are not entirely new to armored vehicles. However, the Zorawar's advanced rubber track system, specifically designed for high-altitude and cold desert conditions, represents a significant innovation in Indian military technology.

 

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