Sarath An Infantry Combat Vehicle Tested in Medak::India

It may have been standard operating procedure for engineers at theOrdnance Factory, Medak, near here. But for villagers of Malkapur, itwas an unbelievable sight on Friday when they saw ‘Sarath', an infantrycombat vehicle (ICV), rumble out of the factory's gates and sail in anirrigation tank, about 10 km. away.

The Ordnance Factory has been manufacturing the amphibious Russianmilitary vehicles (BMP-II) for some time now, and supplies 120 of theseICVs to the Army. The rigorous testing in the factory about thevehicle's water resistance apart, the Army too does its own fieldtesting.

The ‘Sarath' has a top speed of 60 km an hour on the ground, and about 7 kmph over water. Thistime, the Army selected two tanks at random and took them out for aspin. They were driven out to Malkapur and tested in water for close totwo hours.

“Every year, we test these in the presence of Army personnel, whoselect the vehicles for field trials. Only after they convincethemselves, will the delivery and handing over take place,” said VipinPrasad, Joint General Manager, Planning, of the Ordnance Factory.

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