- Apr 4, 2010
Both tank ex turret and abhay ICV hull are indegeneous designs. T-55 is a russian design and russia will object any tampering with it as it had done in case of tank-ex with it. Use of HNS steel and modern Kanchan ceramic armour can reduce the weight of the hull of Abhay ICV (First prototype in 2005) to some extent. Also to counter a 30-35 ton chinese tank we need a similar vehicle. 22 ton weight reuirement is being quoted in the media without any official confirmation and hence may not be true.Abhay IFV hull alone will be 20-22T,on that Tank Ex 13 T turret? That will be 35T, army requirement is 22T only
And if a light tank of 35-36T category to be made then it's better to use ERA enfored T-55 hull.... It will give better protection...
Aagain I must say the Tata FICV hull looks promising but I am guessing it draws experience from Abhay ICV project as tata is already collaborating with VRDE on Whap platform.