To massively boost T-90 battle tanks destructive power, Army to induct new third-generation missile

By: | Published: August 20, 2017 5:36 PM

The current missile system will be replaced by the third generation gun-launched missile, army sources have told newswire agency PTI. The Russian-origin T-90 MBT is the backbone of the army's offensive formations.

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In an effort to enhance the strike capability of its tank fleet, the Indian Army is planning to enhance the destructive power of its T-90 Main Battle Tanks (MBT) with a third generation anti-tank missile system. Currently, the T-90 fleet of the Indian Army is armed with the INVAR missile system. The current missile system will be replaced by the third generation gun-launched missile, army sources have told newswire agency PTI. The Russian-origin T-90 MBT is the backbone of the army’s offensive formations. The Army source said that the new missile system, which will be fired through the tank’s 125 mm main gun, should have a Depth of Penetration (DoP) of 800-850 mm and should have the capability to engage targets up to a range of 8 KM during both day and night. The missile should also be capable of hitting both moving and static targets, according to PTI.

The Army is also working on another plan to install a modular engine in the T-90 tank in order to enhance the strike capability of the tank in high-altitude battle fields. The new modular engine is envisioned to have a variable power output of 1200-1500 Horse Power (HP). These changes are being made with the evolving security scenario in mind, according to the army source, PTI reported.

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In July, the government had given the Army the power to directly procure critical ammunition and spare parts for major military platforms in order to maintain combat readiness for short and intense wars. As per the decision taken in July, the Army Vice Chief has been granted complete financial powers to procure ammunition and spare parts for 10 type of weapon systems and equipment, as per PTI.

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