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Indigenously developed protective covering for T-72 tanks of Indian Army

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    Pune: As many as 2,500 T-72 tanks of the Indian Army will soon be equipped with an indigenously developed protective covering to ensure safety from enemy tank fire. Top Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials told TOI on Friday that the tanks will be equipped with the advanced version of Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) Mk-II for effective protection. "Besides, the will also result in savings of huge foreign exchange," they said.

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    Presently, the T-72 tanks of the Indian army are fitted with ERA Mk I. To get better protection for the tanks, the Indian Army had put forth its demand for advanced version of the ERA in 2010 to the DRDO.

    The development of ERA Mk-II was thus undertaken by the DRDO in 2011 with city-based High Energy Materials Research Laboratory as a nodal lab in association with the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment and the Defense Metallurgical Research Laboratory.

    The DRDO officials said the user trials of the ERA Mk-II were carried out in four phases from November 2015 to January 2016. "During these trials, ERA Mk-II was evaluated against 84mm heat, 125mm heat, Milan warhead and AMK- 339 ammunition," they added.

    The officials said, "With improved explosive properties and armor materials, the performance of ERA Mk-II against shaped charge warheads and kinetic energy projectiles was excellent and better than ERA Mk- I."

    "Army officers have also evaluated various performance parameters, like mobility, turret traverse, gun stabilization among others as per the trial directives. All the requirements were met during the user evaluation," the officials added.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...tanks-of-indian-army/articleshow/56382223.cms
     
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