India's Future Main Battle Tank (FMBT)

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  1. Kay

    Kay Regular Member

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    Two man crewed tank with Armata like layout - crew in separate capsule, unmanned turret, however I want a more complex autoloader able to load ammo from a vertical carousal like Armata as well as from the back of turret like in Lecrec - that would improve ammo capacity and make all ammo in ready to fire condition - gun should be smoothbore and caliber 130 mm - 30 mm unmanned weapon station on top and two coaxial 12.7 mm guns with main gun + active and passive protection systems - there you go
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    A 50 ton tank cannot match the performance and armour capabilities of Arjun mk2. Now if army goes ahead with this FRCV I perceive the following situations:

    1. None of global tank design houses will do any sort of research into the requirement of Indian army when army has even failed to release GSQR.
    2. Western tank companies will pitch a modified downrated version of an existing design like Leo 2, Abrams,Challenger 2 with an autoloader.
    3. Some design houses may offer their up-armoured ICV with a 120 mm gun like CV-90 from BAE .
    4. Russian UVZ will offer a downrated version of T-14S Armata..
    5. Ukrainian design houses may offer to reserect tank projects of Soviets in 80s like Object 490, 477, 195 etc which were abandoned due to lack of funds (whose details are available in the net) with some Indian money.
    6. Sadly the only agency which is doing some actual research into FMBT that is CVRDE will be the ultimate loser.
     
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    aditya10r Mera Bharat mahan Senior Member

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    Like the RFI global for rifles failed this too will and ultimately army will have to accept Arjun mk2/3 or FMBT.

    Don't understand why army publishes RFI without proper specs???
     
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    CVRDE is the only agency which can come up 2 tank designs :
    1. Arjun mk 3 with 4 man crew and 60-65 ton weight and 120 mm smoothbore gun. This is the evolutionary design.
    2. FMBT with 3 man crew capsule and a 120 mm/higher caliber smoothbore gun housed in a unmanned turret and weight 50-55 ton. This is the revolutionary design.
    As a matter of fact CVRDE has decided to follow the revolutionary design and is already developing a "universal combat platform" : FMBT.JPG
    This project is in advanced stages since most of the modules are being worked on separately and CVRDE can even come up with prototypes before 2020 if army releases GSQR. Ironically even a class of vehicles can be developed on arjun mk 2 platform and it also offers modularity in terms of design (BHIM SPH, BLT 70, AARV etc).
     
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    We can have armata as a role model for FMBT. Its weight is almost same with unparallel strength and fire power.
     
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    No one knows the actual weight of Armata as it is kept confidential by the Russians. Some say (wikipedia) it is close to 48 tons same as T-90. Others say it is about 55 tons or more. But one thing is certain it's hull is significantly bigger than T-72 and T-90 and has 7 wheels.
    Western MBTs with 3 man crew and autoloader like LECLERC AND K-2 have abot 55-56 ton weight and Chinese type 99 M has about 58-62 ton weight despite being 3 man crew. Hence 60-62 ton is ideal weight for a MBT.
     
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    For Russians Armata is complemented by T-90. Remote and unmanned turrets are technologically not that mature enough that any army can fully repose their faith in it. Since the look and specification of future tank is not settled, we should hedge our bets on multiple designs reather than put all our eggs on a single basket.
     
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    so called Type99M is ZTZ99A with a 55 ton weight...another 3-crew export tank porject VT-4: 52 tons
     
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    hope it defeats arjun in terms of weight, however this design if weighs as of arjun, pakistan doesnt have much infrastructure to hold such tanks on bridges, so these will act as the second line of defence, as this time it will be the indian forces that are going to make an advance.
     
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    any images of fmbt, can youplease provide me one.
     

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