New Delhi: The Indian defence ministry on Friday has cleared a proposal to indigenously develop and produce the APFSDS ammunition for its Russian made T-72 and T-90 tanks.
“The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by the defence minister Rajnath Singh here today and accorded approval for Capital Procurement for the Services amounting to approximately Rs 2,000 crores. The DAC accorded approval for indigenous development and production of the main gun 125mm Armour Piercing Fin Stabilised Discarding-Sabot (APFSDS) ammunition for T-72/T-90 tanks by the Indian Industry, which would substantially enhance the enemy armour penetration capability”, an Indian Defence Ministry statement said.
“The DAC also approved procurement of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed and Industry manufactured Mechanical Mine Layer (Self Propelled) to improve automated mine laying capability with the Indian Army”
Described as one of the most lethal MBTs in the world, the T-90 is vaunted for its mobility, lethal firepower, and first hit ability during engagements.