Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARVs) : India to Buy WZT-3!!

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  1. indian_sukhoi

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    India to buy more ARVs for T-72 MBT fleet
    By Rahul Bedi
    11/21/2011

    The Indian Army has ordered 204 additional WZT-3 armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs) from state-owned Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for an estimated USD285.6 million under a direct transfer of technology from Bumar of Poland.

    Official sources said the order, placed in late October in support of the army's T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs), is to be completed by 2014 and that no global tender was issued as it was a "repeat order" involving a public sector defence company.

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    US M88 recovery vehicle. I got to ride in one after our M60 tank broke a drive axle.


     
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    W.G.Ewald M88A2 is much more immpresive beast. ;)

    Pitty that they never ordered M90 ARV based on M1...

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    (photo from my article http://www.militis.pl/bron-pancerna/m1-abrams-dp1)
     
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    The WZT-3 is good enough. This order will bring total to 556 units. And we have out own bridge layer.

    BTW, this was a repeat order. So, it's like asking why IAF did not buy Su-35 and instead ordered for a follow on of 40 + 42 Su-30MKIs.
     
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    Any videos of IA laying bridges? If they use Russian equipment and tactics they should be good.
     
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    I cannot be the judge of that. But I only have pictures. Don't know where to find videos.

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    Looks very similiar to our PMC-90.
     
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    This is the Soviet version;

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    Our version takes 4 minutes to plug a 22m gap. There are 2 variants. One can carry 60 tons and the other can do 70 tons.
     
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    According to the article it, The WZT-3 are for recovering T-72s. They do not have the power to tow a 60 ton heavy tank.


    Besides 500+ units looks has a Over kill. Which is Comparable to US Army, We acquiring more than our requirements!!
     
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    Seriously - 500 ARVs? For ~1500 T-72 Tanks that IA has they want to buy 500 ARVs?

    What do they expect the T-72 to last in battle? Go down to enemy fire every 2 days?
     
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    US Army + USMC have 698 M88, M88A1 and M88A2 ARV's, numbers of M88's in ARNG and reserves are unknown.

    Well India could buy licence for WZT-4 with 1000HP engine that should have enough power to tow such vehicle, M88A2 have 1050HP engine and is capabale to tow even M1A2SEP weighting 63,100kg.
     
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    M88A1:
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    We actually have 2400 T-72s and plans to buy 1657 T-90s. That's ~4000 tanks by the time all the ARVs are in operation. So, 550 is just about right.
     
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    indian one
     
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    We don't have the border access infrastructure at par with the Chinese. Even if I ignore that for a while, we would anyways be late in response being a slow democracy. So how good our Armored and Mechanized firepower is, would be known/meaningful only when we reach the battle ground on time and in full.
    Question: What is our Cold start type readiness on Tibet front? Can we move these heavy beasts quickly and hit the ground zero running?

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