Indian Army to Launch First Indigenous T-90 Tank

9 August 2009 (Last Updated August 9th, 2009 18:30)

India is set to roll out its first indigenously developed Russian T-90 tank on 24 August, ready for induction into the Indian Army. The indigenous production of the tanks started in 2008, under licence from Russia, after India received the go ahead on the transfer of technology of the t

India is set to roll out its first indigenously developed Russian T-90 tank on 24 August, ready for induction into the Indian Army.

The indigenous production of the tanks started in 2008, under licence from Russia, after India received the go ahead on the transfer of technology of the tanks.

The tank weighs 46.5t, reaches a speed of up to 60km/h and features a 125mm enhanced-accuracy smooth-bore gun mount with a built-in alignment system and an easily detachable barrel.

The gun uses an autoloading facility that helps bring the rate of fire to seven or eight rounds a minute. The tank's main ammunition includes the armour-piercing discarding sabot, shaped-charge and high-explosive separate-loading projectiles as well as one guided missile round.

A 7.62mm machine gun, coaxial with the main ordnance and a 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun mount are the tank's auxiliary armaments.

The tank uses a guided weapons system that employs a laser beam-riding shaped-charge missile to engage land-based armoured and low-flying air targets.

The tank is fitted with the Shtora-1 defensive aids suite, including infrared jammer, laser warning system, grenade-discharging system and a computerised control system.