The Indian Army’s T-72 and T-90 tanks will soon receive indigenous 125 mm armor-piercing fin-stabilized disarming-sabot (APFSDS) ammunition for their main gun. The decision to go for indigenous development and ammunition production, which would greatly enhance the armor penetration capability of the enemy, was taken in a Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Friday. Was.
The DAC approved a capital purchase of about Rs 2,000 crore for the India Armed Forces Services. The decision to go for indigenous ammunition for T-72 and T-90 tanks of Russian origin is another push for the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) procurement developed and built a mechanical minelayer (self-propelled) with the Indian Army to improve automated mining capacity.
The Indian Army has 2011 T-90 tanks while T-72s number 2414. The Indian Army is already in the process of purchasing 464 T-90MS main battle tanks from Russia for 10 armored regiments for about Rs 13,448 crore. The Indian Army already has T-90S tanks but the T-90MS is the deadliest version of the tank and is in service with the Russian Army. The tanks will be assembled at the Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) Avadi, Chennai, a semi-knock-down (SKD) kit from the Russian tank manufacturer, Uralvgonzavod.
While HVF in Awadhi contracted to manufacture 1,000 T-90S tanks under license from Russia in 2006-07 by 2020, the company has so far only supplied 350-400 T-90s.
According to Russia’s Rosoboronexport the T-90M tank is equipped with an advanced 125 mm gun with an advanced turret weapons station. The tanks also feature an advanced and highly automated digital fire control system (FCS) to annihilate enemy tanks, self-propelled guns, and other armored targets. The crew can locate and destroy targets during the day, as well as more accurately at night with the help of FCS.
It also has a guided missile system that can destroy armored targets, including those equipped with explosive reactive armor (ERA) at distances of up to 5 km. The tank is equipped with a security system, which helps to operate its crew in a nuclear-biological-chemical attack environment.
Source: Zee News India