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Mine Ploughs for T-90 Tanks

  • Category
    Defence
  • Published
    27th Jul, 2020

The Acquisition Wing of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a ?557-crore contract with the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for the procurement of 1,512 mine ploughs for T-90 Tanks. The induction is expected to be completed by 2027.

Context

The Acquisition Wing of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a ?557-crore contract with the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for the procurement of 1,512 mine ploughs for T-90 Tanks. The induction is expected to be completed by 2027.

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  • These mine ploughs will be fitted on T-90 Tanks of the Indian Armoured Corps which will facilitate individual mobility to the tanks while negotiating a minefield.
  • Mine ploughs help tanks to clear minefields and minimize risks to men and machines.
  • The mobility of the tank fleet will enhance manifold which in turn would extend the reach of the armored formations deep into enemy territory without becoming a mine causality.
  • As per the procedure, the contract has Buy and Make (Indian) categorisation with a minimum of 50% indigenous content in the Make portion.
  • It is to be noted that the Russian-origin T-90 main battle tanks were recently deployed by the Indian Army in the Galwan Valley sector of Ladakh amid the border dispute with China.

Features of the T-90 Tank

  • It has the capability to deal with Biological and Chemical weapons.
  • It is the Main Battle Tank of the Indian Army and has the best-armored protection.
  • This Tank is of Russian origin. But is now built-in India and can fire 8 shells in 60 seconds
  • It comes with 125 Mm main gun to make surefire and can launch a missile up to 6 km.
  • It is considered to be the lightest and the strongest tank in the world and weighs around 48 tons.
  • With the ability to fight in day/night, it comes with a missile attack shield.
  • Has a powerful 1000 horsepower engine and can run with a speed of 72 km/h. And can cover 550 km at a time.

    Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML)

    • BEML is an Indian Public Sector Undertaking with headquarters in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
    • The company manufactures a variety of heavy equipment, such as that used for earth moving, transport and mining.
    • BEML has manufacturing plants in Kolar Gold Fields, Bengaluru, Mysore and Palakkad.

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