Sarath An Infantry Combat Vehicle Tested in Medak::India

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

The Ordnance Factory has been manufacturing the amphibious Russian
military vehicles (BMP-II) for some time now, and supplies 120 of these
ICVs to the Army. The rigorous testing in the factory about the
vehicle’s water resistance apart, the Army too does its own field
testing.

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

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