Polish media estimated the power of the Russian "Octopus"
Self-propelled antitank gun "octopus-СДМ1" that India can buy from Russia, will allow to effectively deal with military equipment of the probable enemy. This opinion was expressed by the Polish edition Defence24.
Earlier, the Indian edition of the Economic Times, citing military sources reported that the government allowed purchases of foreign light tanks on the background of a military confrontation with China in Eastern Ladakh. Among the possible options the Economic Times mentioned "octopus SDM-1," which in its technical characteristics similar to tanks T-72 and T-90, operated by the Indian army.
"The octopus" due to its light weight, compact size and huge firepower capable of demonstrating high effectiveness as an alternative to the main tank of the armed forces when used on rough mountain terrain, according to the author of the material in Defence24.
He noted that "Sprut-СДМ1" great for neutralizing Chinese tank Type 15, which the PLA uses to "work" in the mountains.
"Sprut-SD" is a Russian airborne self-propelled anti-tank gun. It is designed to combat tanks and other armored vehicles and manpower of the enemy in the units of the airborne troops, Marines and special forces. "Sprut-СДМ1" is a modernized version of the gun.
Between China and India has a long-standing territorial dispute about the ownership of the plot of the mountainous area in the North of Kashmir, and almost 60 thousand square kilometres in the North-Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The line of actual control, replacing in this region the border between the countries is in the region of Ladakh. In the fall of 1962, the dispute escalated into a border war. In 1993 and 1996, China and India signed the agreement on maintaining peace in the disputed areas.
The aggravation of the situation in the region began in early may when a series of military conflicts between the two countries in the area of high-altitude lake Pangong TSO. Then India and China started strengthening its military presence in Ladakh at the line of actual control. A new round of tensions began after a fight the military of the two countries in the valley of Galvan in Ladakh on the evening of 15 June.