New Delhi, Aug 20: The Indian Army is toying with an idea to further enhance the strike capability of T-90 main battle tanks by providing a third generation missile system.
According to Army sources, at present the T-90 tanks are fitted with a laser-guided INVAR missile system. The Army has planned to replace them with the third generation gun-launched missile system.
“As the design of the existing INVAR missile has been maximised, both in terms of range and depth of penetration (DoP), it is imperative to upgrade it to next generation missiles with enhanced capability,” according to a document related to the project.
The Russian-origin T-90 tanks are mainstays of the Indian Army’s offensive formations.
A PTI report quoting Army sources said that the third generation missile should achieve a DoP of 800-850 mm and will be capable of hitting targets up to a range of 8 km in day as well as in the night.
The missiles, to be fired from the 125mm gun barrels of T-90 tanks, will be able to hit targets by taking a pre-flight programed manoeuvre. The missiles should be capable of firing against mobile as well as static targets, the sources said.
The Army is also working on a separate project to install a modular engine for the T-90 tanks so as to enhance their strike capability in high-altitude battle field.
The sources said the proposed modular engine for T-90 tanks is envisaged to have a variable power output of 1200-1500 HP to cater to high battle field agility.
Considering the evolving security scenario in the region, the government has taken a series of measures in the last few months to enhance strike capability of the Army.
Last month, the government had empowered the Army to directly procure critical ammunition and spares of major military platforms to maintain combat readiness for short duration “intense wars”.
According to the decision, the Vice Chief of Army has been given the “full” financial powers to procure ammunition and spares for 10 types of weapons systems and equipment.
The government has also decided to speed up procurement of key weapons systems and platforms for the Army.