India To Cross T-72, T-90 To Make Lethal Hybrid Tank
The Indian Army's latest move to improve the firepower and overall performance of its fleet of Russian tanks involves a one-of-a-kind improvisation that has resulted in a hybrid of two iconic tanks — the T-72 and the T-90
With Russia's tank weaknesses exposed during the ongoing conflict with Ukraine, the Indian Army has decided to upgrade the Russian armour in its inventory.
The Indian Army's latest move to improve the firepower and overall performance of its fleet of Russian tanks involves a one-of-a-kind improvisation that has resulted in a hybrid of two iconic tanks — the T-72 and the T-90.
The plan is to replace the now-vulnerable T-72 Main Battle Tanks (MBT) with newer technology and increased firepower.
This is expected to give Russian tanks in the Indian Army a better chance of surviving modern-day battlefields. This is especially important given Russia's tanks' underwhelming performance during the invasion of Ukraine.
The T-72 tanks have not only underperformed during the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict but have also prompted the Russians to develop the latest T-90M variant of the T-90 to make a decisive impact in the conflict.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army has created a one-of-a-kind hybrid tank by combining the main body of the T-72 tank with the turret of the T90 Bhishma.
This hybrid tank, which has more firepower than the original T-72, has also been reinforced with DRDO's Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA), which was originally developed for the Arjun MBT.
This hybrid tank, which was spotted during testing, is also outfitted with Cannon-fired ATGMs.
This T-72 and T-90 tank hybrid will be powered by the V92S2 high-power multifuel engine, which has 1,000 hp and has been specifically designed for the T-90 MBT.
This hybrid tank is set to be released in the coming months and will be tested in the desert for the first time this summer.