Medak Ordnance Factory has unveiled a new tank, the Carrier Command Post Tracked (CCPT) vehicle

Ordnance Factory Medak to roll out Carrier Command Post Tracked (CCPT) vehicles on Oct 30. These are capable of accomplishing all tactical/technical fire control functions to achieve effective deployment of Self Propelled (SP) Artillery guns.

The CCPT is designed and developed to carry out all tactical and technical fire control functions, enabling the effective deployment of self-propelled artillery guns.

It is the first of its kind, featuring a tracked chassis that houses the Artillery Combat Command and Control System (ACCCS). It is designed to accomplish fire control functions for all versions of artillery guns, both towed and self-propelled. The CCPT vehicle is a significant step in producing indigenous battle tanks.

The factory is one of the five production units of Armoured Vehicles Nigam (AVNL), operating as a defense public sector unit under the Ministry of Defense. A roll-out ceremony for the CCPT vehicles is scheduled to take place at the factory in Yeddumailaram, Sangareddy district, Telangana, on October 30, 2023, with the presence of senior officials from DG Artillery, DRDO, DGQA, and BEL.

AVNL primarily manufactures armoured fighting vehicles, including main battle tanks and mine protected vehicles for the Indian armed forces. Some of AVNL's key products include the T-90 tank, T-72 tank, BMP-II (Sarath tank), and MBT Arjun. AVNL is also actively engaged in the development and production of new indigenous battle tanks tailored to meet the ever-changing dynamics of the battlefield.

The combat vehicles research and development establishment of DRDO has designed the CCPT. It is a re-engineered BMP vehicle with an extended chassis and additional bogey wheels. The CCPT is a common platform for command post functions of all the Indian artillery guns. Defence officials noted that "The CCPT carries special equipment, namely the integrated command control and communication system for artillery tracked (i3CAT), which BEL, Bengaluru, successfully developed."

In 2018, Ordnance Factory Medak Office, Kyasaram (OFMK) received an order for the supply of 43 vehicles. In 2021, OFMK successfully produced two CCPT vehicles under First Production Model (FoPM) for Indian Army towards trials. These vehicles proved their effectiveness on battlefield through successful completion of extensive tests in Babina, Uttar Pradesh, and Leh, indicating its capability to perform effectively in different terrains and climatic conditions.