The Modi Government has finally cleared the acquisition of 464 Russian-origin T-90 main-battle tanks (MBTs). According to TNN, the Indian ministry of defence has placed the order for the entire fleet worth INR 20,000 crore with the Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi in Chennai.
Earlier, the Indian Army has decided to induct 464 Russian-origin upgraded T-90 Bhishma main battle tanks at a cost of Rs 13,000 crore as part of the modernisation of the armed forces. However multiple sources in the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) confirmed that the order has now been valued at 20,000 crore.
The move to induct the T-90 Bhishma main battle tanks is aimed at intensifying the army’s ‘shock and awe’ capabilities and combat prowess, especially along the Pakistan border.
Earlier in January, Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat stated that that the armed forces would complete major reforms and organisational restructuring in the next few months. An Integrated Battle Group (IBG) will be rolled out as part of the holistic initiative to enhance the combat capability of the Indian army.
The first T-90S MBT was rolled out of the assembly line in the Avadi Heavy Vehicles Factory (HFV) on 7 January 2004. The highly versatile modern Bhishma MBT features are outfitted with the French Thales-built Catherine-FC thermal sights and utilises Russian Kontakt-5 K-5 explosive reactive armoured plates.