GS Paper - 3 (Defence Technology)

The indigenously developed next-generation Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle (AERV) was formally inducted into the Corps of Engineers of Indian Army in a ceremony presided over by Army Chief General MM Naravane in Pune.

What

  1. The AERV, which has been developed by modifying the amphibious infantry fighting vehicle BMP-II, has been designed to meet the tactical and combat requirements of military engineers.
  2. It carry out terrestrial and under-water surveys in hostile terrains, primarily for the construction of assault bridges in desert, flat and even riverine areas for both offensive and defensive operations.
  3. The Indian Army has ordered 53 units of the AERV, which will be deployed with the individual engineering formations, mainly on the Western front.
  4. The system has been designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) two facilitiesVehicles Research Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, and Research and Development Establishment, Pune.
  5. The AERV is being manufactured by the Ordnance Factory, Medak, and as many as 14 electronic and sensing equipment have been installed by the Bharat Electronics Limited, Pune.
  6. The system will enhance existing engineer reconnaissance capabilities of the Indian Army and would be a major game changer in support of mechanised operations in future conflicts.