Indian Army Current Affairs

V-46-6 and V92S2: Made in India tank engines handed over to Indian Army

Two types of indigenously built high-power multi-fuel engines V-46-6 and V92S2 were handed over to Indian Army for first time under Make in India. These engines were manufactured by Engine Factory Avadi (EFA), a unit of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).

Key Facts

These engines are based on Russian design. V92S2 is high power diesel engine with 1000 HP capacity and it is fitted in T-90 Battle Tank (Bhisma Tank). V46-6 is also high power diesel engines with 780 HP and it is fitted in T-72 Main Battle Tank (Ajeya Tank). They are manufactured with 100% Made in India parts.

Significance

The indigenisation of two of three types of tanks used by Indian Army has made it battle-ready. It has resulted in savings for exchequer for each engine cost to tune of Rs. 33 lakh for T-90 engine and Rs. 9.75 lakh for T-72 engine. It also exhibits self-reliance of  OFB in manufacturing these engines in India without any import support.

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Ashok Leyland to supply 10×10 heavy vehicles to Indian Army

Indian Army has awarded Rs. 100-crore contract for 81 high mobility 10×10 vehicles to India’s leading vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland. This is for first time Indian vehicle manufacturer will deliver heavy duty, high mobility vehicles for the launchers. This will reduce dependency on imports

Key Facts

The heavy duty, high mobility vehicles manufactured by Ashok Leyland are fully designed, developed and built in India. They will replace Indian Army’s ageing Russian-built Smerch Multi-Barrel Rocket launchers (MBRL). They will also carry strategic missiles developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The indigenous 10×10 vehicle will be powered by Ashok Leyland’s 360HP Neptune engine. It can carry maximum load of 27 tonnes at maximum speed of 60 kmph. Some of these vehicles will be fitted with rocket handling cranes. Ther delivery will start in this financial year and will be completed in next financial year.

Background

India initially procured two regiments of the 12-tube, 300 mm Smerch systems from Russia under Rs. 2,600 crore signed in end 2015, and later procured additional systems under a second deal in 2007.  Each regiment has two batteries of six launchers each. The Smerch has a maximum range of 90 km. The indigenising vehicles is key step in improving t maintenance and efficiency of Indian Army’s logistics chain. In recent years, Indian vehicle manufacturers have managed to develop variety of heavy and specialist vehicles required by Armed Forces, thereby reducing import dependency. Ashok Leyland also has won tender from DRDO to develop even heavier 12×12 vehicle to mount country’s long range strategic missiles. These vehicles can carry a maximum load of 34 tonnes.

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