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T-90 TANKS SIGNED FOR 

IDC is pleased to be one of the first to report that Shri George Fernandes has signed for 100 T 90 tanks to be imported from URALGOROD ZAVOD in Russia and 200 will be assembled at the Avadi Tank Factory. IDC had done a comparative study and that story is repeated below for interested readers.

"INDIAN ARMY'S QUEST FOR TANKS AND T-90 IS THEIR CHOICE

The Indian Army is woefully in need of augmenting its Armoured Corps with new tanks. The Army placed its bets on the ARJUN and 124 are in trial service, but there is widespread criticism by the CAG on delays and cost over-runs. The ARJUN has potential but it has failed some track and firing trials, is over weight and under powered. These lacunae cannot be wished away and time is money. The Army needs tanks to augment and maintain its ORBAT. The top brass has hunted around for options which were short listed to the T 72 upgrade which Shri Deve Gowda supports and the T90 which Shri I K Gugral supports and the T 80s from Ukraine which may not be available easily as Pakistan has purchased 300 from them. The Army's spotlight has fallen on the T90  which may not equal the American MIAI Abrams or the French LeClerc or the British Challenger, but is a good light tank suited for the present Indian scenario. India Defence Consultants did a comparative study to try to appreciate what Jane's India correspondent, Raul Bedi reported in Asian Age on 10 May, in a front page story denigrating the tank, alluding to some senior army personnel for their undue support for it and enquiring what the hurry was all about.

He has never worn uniform and will never appreciate that speed in military decisions is better than procrastination. As in law they say justice delayed is justice denied. The T 90 tank is light, cost effective and capable, hence for the time being appears to be most suitable for swift induction. A chart is reproduced below along with approximate costs. Lobbies do develop when a billion dollar deal is in the making. We trust our men in uniform to do the right thing when they fight for us, let us allow them the same leeway and trust them in selection of equipment. The propriety of costs and other considerations are better left to bureaucrats and politicians. This is the overall message IDC wishes to convey. Nitpicking in the media will not help, but professional evaluations will. Response from surfers of our site will be welcome and posted.

Characteristic

T-90

(Russia)

M1A1 ĎABRAMSí

(USA)

Leapord-2

(Germany)

Challenger-2

(British)

Leclerc

(France)

Weight, tons

46.5

57.2

55.2

62.5

54.6

Crew

3

4

4

4

3

Gun (cal)

125 mm

120 mm

120 mm

120 mm

120  mm

Ammunition

Incl. in auto loader)

43(22)

40

42

52

40(22)

Guided Weapon

Yes

No

No

No

No

Thermal night sight

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Range of night sight, m

2,300

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

Stabilizer

Electrohydraulic/

Electromechanical

Electrohydraulic

Electrohydraulic

Electric

Electric

Range Finder

Laser

Laser

Laser

Laser

Laser

Ballistic Computer

Electron

Electron

Electron

Electron

Electron

Armour

Laminated

screened

Laminated

screened

Laminated

screened

Laminated

screened

Laminated

screened

Explosive Reactive Armour

Yes

No

Provided

Yes

Yes

Electro-Optical Jammers

Yes

No

No

No

No

Max. Speed

Km/h

60

67

72

59

71

Max. Endurance (Kms)

550

480

450

450

550

Ground Pressure, kgf/mm

0.88

0.93

0.85

0.97

0.95

Price

US$ (millions)

2.82

5.44

5.32

4.21

8.5 "

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