The Indian Army has inducted the first batch of domestically developed armoured engineer reconnaissance vehicles.

The official induction ceremony was attended by the Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane.

According to a Ministry of Defence statement, the first set of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)- designed vehicles were assigned to the Corps of Engineers of Indian Army.

“Despite the various restrictions imposed by the Covid pandemic since the last one year, supply of the vehicle to Indian Army has been on schedule,” the statement added.

The armoured engineer reconnaissance vehicles (AERVs) were manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak & Bharat Electronics in Pune.

The vehicle is designed to perform navigation, reconnaissance of water obstacles and boggy patches to support engineering engineer tasks. It can also be used to conduct reconnaissance and provide real time update to force commanders.

Additionally, the AERV can check soil strength to determine if they are motorable for military vehicles.

It is equipped with a central computer to support automatic storage and print recce data.

The government statement added: “The system will enhance existing engineer reconnaissance capabilities of Indian Army and would be a major game changer in support of mechanised operations in future conflicts.”

Earlier this year, the Indian Army inducted the first production lot of 12 10m-Short Span Bridging System (SSBS).

The bridging system will enable faster troop movement and improve resource mobilisation.