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Russia and India are set to collaborate on the development of the next generation of main battle tanks (MBTs) for the Indian Army. According to reports, Russia is keen to share its advanced Armata modular technologies with India and participate in joint development of the new MBT.
Speaking at the Aero India 2023 expo in Bengaluru, Vladimir Drozhzhov, deputy director of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), said that Russia is planning to participate in the joint development of the Indian main battle tank using modern Russian technology. He also mentioned that India plans to launch an international tender for the new tank.
The Armata platform serves as the base for the T-14 heavy tank and the T-15 armoured infantry fighting vehicle (AFV) of Russia. The T-14 Armata is considered one of the most sophisticated MBTs in the world, equipped with a 125mm 2A82-1M smoothbore gun mounted on an unmanned turret. It has a complete digital system, and the main gun can be used to fire laser-guided missiles. The crew is enclosed in a robust armoured capsule.
Reports suggest that the T-14 Armata tank has been used by the Russian military in its operations in Ukraine. It is designed on a modular battle platform and can be used to create other armoured vehicles, such as large infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and armoured personnel carriers (APCs).
The T-14’s modular design allows it to be tailored to specific operational requirements, making it ideal for the diverse range of conditions found in India. According to a report by the EurAsian
Times, the Indian Army is looking for a next-generation MBT that can operate in diverse terrains, including high-altitude regions such as the Himalayas.
The collaboration between Russia and India on the development of the new MBT is expected to boost the strategic partnership between the two countries. India is one of the largest importers of Russian military equipment, and both countries have a long history of defense cooperation.
The joint development of the new MBT is also expected to create opportunities for the transfer of technology and expertise between the two countries. The collaboration could potentially lead to the creation of a new defense industrial base in India, as well as the development of a new range of armored vehicles.
According to reports, the Indian Army is looking to acquire around 1,800 new MBTs to replace its aging fleet of T-72 and T-90 tanks. The new MBTs are expected to have advanced features, including increased mobility, firepower, and protection.