The first set of indigenously developed next-generation Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle was inducted into the Corps of Engineers of Indian Army Yesterday. Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane flagged off and inducted the Reconnaissance Vehicles and other equipment in a solemn function at Bombay Engineering Group in Pune.
Addressing the event General Naravane said, AERVs induction will boost the Indian Army operations, particularly on the western front. Army Chief said that this is a crucial step concerning the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in manufacturing defence equipment.
The AERV has been designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak & Bharat Electronics Limited, Pune. The vehicle is capable of carrying out reconnaissance of water obstacles and boggy patches for execution of engineer tasks with capabilities to carry out reconnaissance and provide real-time to force commanders.
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.