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Indigenous Tank Ammunition

Date: 15 September 2019 Tags: Military

Issue

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has approved indigenous development of ammunition for the Army’s T-72 and T-90 tanks,which would enhance the enemy armour penetration capability.

 

Background

Indian Army is in the process of buying 464 T-90MS Main Battle Tanks to arm 10 armoured regiments from Russia. This can produce significant gains for the armed forces.

 

Details

T-90 MS Tanks

  • The T-90MS tank is equipped with a new turret weapon station with an upgraded 125mm gun.

  • The tanks also sport an advanced and highly automated digital fire control system (FCS) to annihilate enemy tanks, self-propelled guns and other armoured targets.

  • The crew can detect, identify and destroy the targets during the day as well as night much more accurately with the help of FCS.

  • It also has a guided missile system which can destroy armoured targets including those equipped with explosive reactive armour (ERA) and has a ranges up to 5 kilometres.

  • The tank comes equipped with a protection system to insulate and help its crew operate in a Nuclear-Biological-Chemical attack environment.