Indian Army inducts first indigenous T-90 tanks

Indian Army inducts first indigenous T-90 tanks

Tuesday, 25 August 2009, 02:29 Hrs   |    6 Comments
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Indian Army inducts first indigenous T-90 tanks
Avadi (Tamil Nadu): The first batch T-90 tanks manufactured in India under license from Russia were Monday handed over to the Indian Army.

After a delay of one year, the first batch rolled out of the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) here. The batch of 10 tanks was inducted into the army at a function in Avadi by Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju.

The licensed production of the tanks has been kicked off only after a stalemate with Russia over transfer of technology was resolved.

After concern expressed by the Indian establishment over delay in execution of various defence deals, including T-90 tanks, Russia has reassured India that the delivery will now be on schedule.

Delays in the manufacturing of the indigenous Arjun main battle tank and Pakistan's decision to purchase the T-80 from Ukraine prompted India to order 310 T-90s in 2001. Of these, 186 were assembled from kits at the Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi, near Chennai.

An agreement was also signed for the licensed production of another 1,000 T-90s. This, however, was delayed due to Russia's reluctance to transfer technology, prompting India to purchase another 300 tanks from Russia last year.

However, the localised production of the tanks had not begun till 2008.

"Last year, we did not make a single tank. At least, a beginning has been made," an official said.
Source: IANS
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Reader's comments(6)
1: decision made by the government is good. we have to buy advanced technical machines .us had one type of shielding equipments that sustain attacks against soldiers.earlier month ,i saw one martial arts techniques used by russians against combat that,we have to develop our skills known that tactics.we are the first person to develop
hand martial arts.we are only one strong army in the world.please update the army news onto my e-mail and i.e,good information to me.
Posted by:rajni raghav - 22 Sep, 2009
2: It was a good decision by Indian government to import the technology and produce the tanks in INDIA.Through this the Indian government can keep an eye on the production and technology because importing tanks directly might not b justifiable in terms of technology and various other grounds.
Posted by:vikaskabra - 25 Aug, 2009
3: I think this is a great achievement for India. That is how we can strengthen our army.
As far as Licensing is concern we will get is soon with our efforts and we have great mind that can developed a best technology in the world.
Posted by:Nishit Shah - 25 Aug, 2009
4: Well this is an Honour. But i think we will be more proud if India makes something by itself rather than getting the technology transfered from Russia or any other country. I think we have much more talent then any othe country in the world, we just need to take an initiative. And I am definately proud of my country that with in a short span of about 60 yrs from independence we have developed so much. But we are not stoping here. We have to achieve alot more in the near future. Go India go...
Posted by:Shoeb Ansari - 25 Aug, 2009

I understand that the first MBT is named as "BHEESHMA". Bheeshma was a great warrior. Lord Krishna had played a trick to get him defeated during the battle. However, when he fell down from his chariot, his body did not touch the ground.Arjuna made a bed of arrows so that Bheeshma could rest upon it and spend his final moments of life with due dignity.When Bheeshma had asked for water, Arjuna had delivered the water of 'GANGA' by shooting a powerful arrow into earth. The scorching heat of Rajasthan Desert is real. The tank crews need plenty of fluids to survive the heat of the desert. I had served in First Armoured Division which is popularly known as the Black Elephant Division. I spent a lot of my time in the desert. We are fully prepared for Desert Warfare. The tanks can survive the heat. We have technologies to protect the engine and to keep its temperature low. The main concern is about the tank crew members and we keep plenty of fluids inside the tank and encourage the crew to consume them.
Posted by:Major(Retd)Rebbapragada,AMC/PC - 25 Aug, 2009

IF SO .....THEN ..........
Posted by:BOBBY - 25 Aug, 2009