While the DRDO has been given a green light to move forward with their own version of the light tank, the Indian Army would also lookup for foreign vendors to fill this void – and one of the primary candidates is the Russian ‘Sprut-SD’ light tank.
Armed with a 125mm gun, this ‘light tank’ is capable of destroying enemy heavy armor, having the firepower commonality with the T-72, T-90, and the newest T-14 Armata tanks.
Considering the VT-5’s lighter armour and its lesser firepower, Sprut might have an edge on the battlefield.
One of the major advantages of the Ruskie light tank is its amphibious capability, a feature that can be seen with most of the Russian infantry combat vehicles.
The Sprut gun is also equipped with an autoloader, which ensures the high rate of fire of 6−8 rounds per minute with both conventional projectiles and rounds with guided missiles.