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India, russia plan to build futuristic mbt

Discussion in 'Indian Army' started by @speaks, Apr 6, 2011.

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  1. @speaks

    @speaks Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Encouraged by the remarkable success of their pilot co-development defence project, the Brahmos missile, India and Russia are planning to design and build a futuristic main battle tank.

    Defence industry experts will discuss the new project when a delegation of the Russian Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) tank-building factory visits India this week to participate in an international seminar on the Future Main Battle Tank (FMBT) organised by the Army along with the Confederation of Indian Industry.

    The two sides have already had preliminary discussions on the issue, according to UVZ Director General Nikolai Malykh.

    "We put forward this idea [of a joint tank project] at the turn of the 21st century," he told journalists in Moscow. "The Indian side has now come up with a similar proposal. We will take the first step when our experts go to India to attend a conference on the future tank and prospects for the tank-building industry."

    "The new tank will consolidate India's edge over the Pakistani Army armed with Ukraine's potent T-80 MBT and the Al-Khalid MBT built jointly with China and Ukraine," Ruslan Pukhov, Director, Centre for Analysis and Technologies, said.

    "Russia's Uralvagonzavod would be the best partner for India in designing and building the new tank given a long history of its cooperation with the Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi in the production of T-72 and T-90S MBTs."

    India has purchased over 1,600 T-90S MBTs built by the UVZ of which 1,000 will be manufactured at the Avadi plant.

    The Indo-Russian MBT is likely to incorporate the best features of prototype tanks developed at Russia's leading tank-building plants — UVZ and Omsk Transport Machine-Building Plant — which are now being merged into a single corporation.

    According to the Moscow Defence Brief magazine, the new tank will mark a great step forward in armour technology. It will feature higher speed, better firepower, sophisticated armour protection and a low silhouette. An armour-protected crew compartment will be sealed from the unmanned turret equipped with an automatic loader.

    The crew will be provided with a virtual-reality command information system linked to reconnaissance aircraft and will enjoy a smoother ride thanks to a new hydro-pneumatic suspension.

    The new tank is likely to have a new main gun of up to 152 mm calibre and a new hunter-killer fire control system with target acquisition in optical, thermal, infrared and radar spectrums that will be accessible both to the gunner and tank commander, the Moscow Defence Brief said

    Source: www.Hindu.com
     
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  2. ShUeY

    ShUeY FULL MEMBER

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    This is great news. Hopefully it'll go somewere.
     
  3. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    This is great news. I hope it is not just the upgrade of the T-90s.
     
  4. flanker143

    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    if it happens the way it is written.....alot of ppl will be shitting their pants very soon.....
     
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    Yeah, no we don't want need that.
     
  6. Dilemma

    Dilemma Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    What happened to the FMBT? So now will they be building the futuristic tank in a JV with Russia?
     
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    MAFIAN GOD Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    These are some damn good features.
    We should go for this.This will also reduce the developmental cost as well as time.
     
  8. Tshering22

    Tshering22 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    The thing is, we have to first see how far this goes because even though Russia is a pioneer in this field and a reliable friend, we must remember that it is in no hurry to fight any major war and is very unlikely that anybody would be insane enough to challenge them even with their present generation weapons. Georgia tried and we all know what the Bear did to it. Plus for any CT operation, it has armed-to-teeth weapons platforms with half a dozen special forces units; the GRU, the Alpha, the Vympel, the OMON etc etc.

    India's case is not like this; we can expect an border skirmish anytime. Our situation is more akin to Israel in terms of the neighbouring environment. Let's not kid ourselves; but we are not comfortable with anybody other than Nepal and Bhutan and to some extent Mauritius. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have been trying to use the China "stick" against us which clearly means they can stoop either ways.

    We need cutting edge, reliable, strong, independent weapons ASAP and at all times. Russia gives us stuff and I really appreciate that but their are some untold troubles with them.

    I would say, let the FGFA start taking shape and then let's see. Although a JV is far better IMO with Ruskies than letting DRDO manufacture anything on its own. DRDO would complete this tank on their own basis in 2060 when Ty-fighters will be the trend.

    THIS.. is not in our case.
     
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  9. ShUeY

    ShUeY FULL MEMBER

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    Whats this entire tank ex thing?
     
  10. flanker143

    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    tank ex is/was a upgrade option by DRDO , it is more of a spinoff from the arjun project , was made by combining the chassis of the t 72 and (modified and lightened) arjun turret.

    it wasn't asked by the army in the first place.....so they didn't took it much seriously.
    it was a very good option then.....but now with mk2 coming up and a new fmbt on the cards , i don't think army will exercise this option.
     
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