DRDO readies hybrid armour for tanks

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  1. youngindian

    youngindian Senior Member Senior Member

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    New Delhi, December 4
    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a specialised ‘hybrid’ armour that will make tanks safer in battle and somewhat immune to anti-tank missiles. The DRDO’s Pune-based High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) has worked on the new armour.

    Dr A Subanandha Rao, HEMRL Director, said the hybrid armour would take care of tandem warheads and also kinetic energy projectiles aimed at tanks in the battlefield. It would increase the survivability rate of tanks.

    Tandem warheads and kinetic energy projectiles are much more dangerous than the anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) that are currently used. The kinetic energy projectiles have rod warhead with multiple sections, each enclosing a projectile and an explosive charge. These can prove to be lethal for the tank and its crew in a tank battle. Most modern-day tanks built by major tank makers in the US and Ukraine are now incorporating the hybrid armour. The tandem warheads also work on similar lines. The hybrid armour will drive back incoming tandem warheads and kinetic energy. It will work almost on the same pattern on which the HEMRL developed the explosive reactive armour (ERA) for the T-72 series of tanks.

    The hybrid armours are likely to be used on the latest Russian-origin T-90 tanks and the indigenous Arjun tanks, Rao said, adding that the Army had been involved at every stage of testing and developing.

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101205/main3.htm
     
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  3. Rage

    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

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    I'm hearing a big facility for the HEMRL is coming up at Nashik, housing more than 80 buildings with some being built for counter-pressure casting.

    Let's hope the DRDO can deliver at the same standards they set for themselves with the Kanchan armour.
     
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    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    So this is our version of ERA?
     
  5. gogbot

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    I believe it is something similar but different.

     
  6. Rage

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    Quite, hybrid armour is a combination of ballistic steel shells and composite (passive + reactive) armour, in addition to optronic counter-measures and detection avoidance.

    I don't know if the DRDO armour provides protection against KE (Kinetic Energy) threats, and we probably won't be knowing anytime soon, but if it does, it'll be a quantum leap on today's ceramic / composite armours.
     
  7. gogbot

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    It says in the article

     

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