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Indian Army to upgrade T-72 tanks with New Engines and Advanced Components

Source : IgMp Bureau

Indian Army to upgrade T-72 tanks with New Engines and Advanced Components
Indian Army T-72 Tank with DRDO made Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) Mark-II protection (File Photo)

The Indian Army is preparing its T-72 tanks for future battles by giving them a substantial power boost. Instead of investing in new tanks, a proposed plan worth 2300 crore (US$2.8 billion) will focus on upgrading nearly 1000 T-72 tanks with new 1000-hp engines, replacing the current 780-hp models.

Upgrading the Powerhouse: New Engines

The core of this upgrade is the new engine, which has been developed indigenously. While retaining core components, the new engine swaps out peripheral systems like cooling and intake. This approach not only ensures cost-effectiveness but also maintains reliability while significantly enhancing the tanks’ power. Rigorous testing guarantees that these upgrades meet the highest standards of battle-readiness.

Local Manufacturing Boost

India’s commitment to self-reliance is evident in its decision to manufacture nearly 800 of these new engines locally. This move not only strengthens the country’s defense production capabilities but also creates job opportunities, aligning with India’s “Make in India” initiative.

Beyond Horsepower: Enhanced Capabilities

The upgrades extend beyond just engine power. T-72 tanks will also be equipped with thermal sights for improved night vision, fire detection, and suppression systems for increased survivability, along with other crucial improvements.

Advancements for T-90S Tanks

The T-90S tanks, another frontline asset of the Indian Army, will also undergo significant upgrades. These advanced tanks will receive sophisticated equipment such as automatic target trackers, digital ballistic computers, and commander thermal imagers, enhancing their targeting and situational awareness capabilities.

Modernization and Self-Reliance

These upgrades highlight India’s commitment to modernize its armored forces. By combining indigenous development with strategic imports, the Indian Army aims to maintain a formidable deterrent against potential threats. This program underscores India’s ambition to become a self-reliant military power, capable of meeting future challenges head-on.

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