Land Platforms

India to up-engine T-72 MBT fleet

26 September 2018

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of 1,000hp engines for the Indian Army’s (IA’s) T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) to “enhance their mobility, agility, and acceleration, [as well as] to make them more versatile and effective in the battlefield”, according to the government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB).

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, sanctioned the acquisition of 1,000 of the engines on 25 September under the ‘Buy and Make’ category of the MoD’s Defence Procurement Procedure-2016 (DPP-2016).

According to the PIB, most of the engines are expected to be made by the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) following a transfer of technology, which means that a limited number of powerpacks will be acquired in completed form.

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