The Carrier Command Post Tracked (CCPT) vehicles, made by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), DRDO, will be joining the Army on October 30. The CCPT is a special vehicle designed to control and coordinate artillery guns. It will be rolled out from the Medak ordnance factory in the presence of senior officials from different organizations.
The CCPT is the first of its kind with a tracked chassis and it houses the Artillery Combat Command and Control System (ACCCS). This system allows for effective control of all types of artillery guns, including towed and self-propelled versions. The CCPT is a modified BMP vehicle with added features to serve as a command post for artillery guns. It carries special equipment called Integrated Command Control and Communication System for Artillery Tracked (i3CAT), which was developed by BEL, Bengaluru.
In 2018, the ordnance factory received an order for 43 CCPT vehicles. In 2021, they successfully manufactured two vehicles as the first production model and offered them to the army for trials. These vehicles performed well during extensive trials in different terrains and climatic conditions at Babina (UP) and Leh.
The ordnance factory is one of the production units of Armoured Vehicles Nigam Ltd (AVNL), which is a defense public sector unit under the Ministry of Defense. AVNL primarily manufactures armored fighting vehicles like tanks for the armed forces. They are committed to producing battle tanks to support the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. They are also involved in developing and manufacturing new indigenous battle tanks to meet the army’s evolving needs.
The CCPT vehicle is a result of their efforts to create an effective command post vehicle for artillery guns.