Army set to try more lethal T-90 tank

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  1. rahulrds1

    rahulrds1 Regular Member

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    The Army is in the process of getting a new and more lethal version of the Russian origin T-90 tank. The Armoured Corps will soon get the latest version of these tanks that will aide quicker retaliation and have gadgets to automatically track targets among its improved features.

    A total of 236 of the latest version of the tanks have been ordered, said top sources, while explaining that additional features will be incorporated on the existing T-90 platform with no change in the engine or its traction. However, there is no immediate plan to upgrade the existing fleet of such tanks spread across 20 regiments.

    The T-90, along with the upgraded T-72 tanks, form the bulwark of India’s defensive and offensive capability along the sensitive Western border with Pakistan. Two regiments of the indigenous ‘Arjun’ tank have been added at 12 Corps Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD)-operated Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) at Avadi on the outskirts of Chennai that licence-produces the T-90 in India has been tasked with adding the technical goodies to the existing platform. Work has already started on it, a source confirmed.

    The key change will be a modern targeting system with an automatic target tracker. The gunner inside the tank has to “lock-on” a target. Once that is done, onboard computers keep a track of the target in a 360° radius. Fire can be directed at the target as and when. At present, the gunner has a tough time keeping track of the moving target while the tank is in motion.

    The new version of the tank will also have a “correction input device”. This will assess all prevailing factors such as distance of target, height and temperature of the barrel and correct the line and trajectory of fire on its own.

    The third incorporation will be a new muzzle reference system. At present, the front muzzle on the barrel of the tank needs to be aligned afresh each time the barrel position is lowered. The latest version of the T-90 will have a system by which the tank barrel will re-align itself to its earlier-programmed reference point, sources explained.

    The add-ons are aimed at faster retaliation in the battlefield after the enemy has been spotted and will save precious time consumed on re-aligning and re-assessing the distance of targets.

    The new tanks will also have an improved thermal imager that will give sharper pictures at nighttime from a distance of 3-4 km. The new thermal imager will pick up variations in temperatures of an advancing vehicle or human being and help the tank-commander better understand the looming threat. Existing thermal imagers do not detect variations in temperature.

    The Indian upgrade is in line with that undertaken by Russia. At this year’s Def-Expo, the Russians had for the first time unveiled the ‘T-90-MS’, which has earned the sobriquet of “flying tank” in military circles. The tank showcased the latest turret with the ‘Kalina’ modernised targeting system that is integrated with the squad commander’s control system. It even had a more powerful engine.

    The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had cleared a proposal to buy 10,000 Invar missiles for the T-90 tanks on October 18. Some of these will be purchased from Russian manufacturers whereas the remaining would be license-produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) under the transfer of technology (ToT) agreement.

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  3. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    have they conducted trial of this tank ??

    before induction
     
  4. captonjohn

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    T-90 are not new tanks in India hence we do not need to start a heavy trial. A moderate level trial of new features and technologies would be sufficient as T-90 has already been proven and used by us.
     
  5. sayareakd

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    hope they will have same yard stick for arjun tank also, or else trial for MK-2 will take years and years.
     
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  6. Kunal Biswas

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    This is about the same T-90S upgrade in India, It seems Russian now willing to sell sub system of T-90MS which was not the same before as they offered the entire tank as a Upgrade, I hope we dont have to use T-90MS turret..

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    User-trials of a T-90S MBT equipped with IRDE-developed and BEL-built commander’s panoramic sight and driver’s uncooled thermal imager (derived from that developed for the Arjun Mk1A MBT) have just gotten underway. If all goes well, then these two items will be retrofitted on to both the first 310 T-90S MBTs acquired for the Indian Army just about a decade ago, as well as on 1,000 T-72M1 MBTs that are due to undergo a deep upgrade. For both MBT-types, VRDE has already developed the APU, which too is now undergoing user-trials.

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    The CVRDE-upgraded prototype of the T-90S has done away with the T01-K04 and substitutes it with the IRDE-developed and BEL-built commander’s panoramic sight (which houses a SAGEM-built MATIS-STD thermal imager operating in the 3-5 micron bandwidth), which has resulted in enhanced static visibility levels for both the gunner and commander.

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    In addition, the IV528-2 digital ballistics computer has given way to an indigenous solution developed by TATA Power Strategic Electronics Division, while the IRDE-developed driver’s uncooled thermal imaging night sight has replaced the TVN-5 night-vision device.

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    Furthermore, a DEAL-developed MMW-based IFF system has been installed for enhancing the MBT crew’s situational awareness.

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    Lastly, the T-90S’ track-wraps have been indigenised by AMW-MGM Forgings Pvt Ltd, which has also developed tracks with metal/rubber-brushed parallel pin-jointed gearings, stamped track-links adapted to accept rubber pads, with steel needles on the track-pins providing conductivity and picking up static electricity from rubber-brushed pin-jointed gearings during movement.
     
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    Russia will make the Indian T-90 "digital" (Google Translation)
    Article about Constellation-2M in Russian
     
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    why it is called flying tank ?
     
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    And what could be done to make these tanks more bearable for humans in the heat of Thar desert?
    I think it is time that we start looking into that factor. They were perhaps designed with Russian snow plains in mind.
    In a crucial war, we don't want our soldiers to burn out in fatigue due to overheated tanks that were otherwise superb.

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    Mostly because of the tricks that it does during various arms exhibition which highlights it maneuverability and most important light weight a token 46tons compared to its western competitors that come close to 65tons:)
     
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    Flying tank term was actually stolen from T-80 series, that were called such way, because of their also low weight below 50 tons and very powerfull gas turbine engines.
     
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    What could be done? Maybe the army should stop cutting down costs by omitting air conditioning systems from its tanks. That'd be a good start.
     
  13. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    This pakage is going for T-90S, Though it will customize for Indian needs and flaws can be correct only when tested here..
     
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    BDL gets Rs 3,000 cr contract for anti-tank Invar missiles | idrw.org

    In a major boost to Army’s firepower, defence PSU Bharat Dynamics Limited has been given a Rs 3,000 crore contract by the defence ministry to produce Russian-origin Invar anti-tank guided missiles for the T-90 tanks of the force.

    “Bharat Dynamic Limited, Hyderabad, signed a contract with Defence Ministry for supplying Invar anti-tank guided missiles to Indian Army here yesterday. The contract is valued about Rs 3,000 crore,” defence ministry said today.

    The deal was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier this month to help the Army in meeting its requirement for anti-tank missiles.

    Former Army Chief Gen VK Singh had written a letter to the government last year highlighting the shortage of such missiles for the Army.

    The BDL would be licence-producing these missiles at its facilities and the deliveries are expected to be completed in next five years.

    The 5 km-range Invar is a laser beam rider anti-tank guided missile capable of being fired from T-90 tank. The missile can neutralise adversaries tanks fitted with Explosive Reactive Armour Protection, ministry officials said.

    BDL has been manufacturing these missiles under technical collaboration with Rosoboronexport of Russia.
     
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    we have arjun for deserts,the DESERT FERRARI
     
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    LoL! Watch 0:12-0:20

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    i think this is upgraded T-90S

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    More new T90s or these features would be intergrated within the T90s already on order?

    These T90s SCAM,when it comes into the open, would be epic!!
     
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  19. Kunal Biswas

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    Better than this, It will feature lot more electronics but compact compare to present ones..

     
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    The new tanks that have been ordered are T-90MS, rest of the T-90S will be upgraded to a similar standard. The Indian upgrade did not feature new target lock on systems and gun realignment upgrades. As usual we will stick whatever we can tweak locally and buy the rest.

    Also it looks like 118 more tanks have been kept for reserve order as the demand was for 354.

     
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    I wonder why the Army is going for a lesser number of tanks. But at least we know we are building decent capability against China.

    Light tanks are fodder anyway.

    Sikkhim is getting a new airport as well.
     

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