Retro-modification of Commander Sight for T-90 tanks to boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative: MoD
In a major boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India, the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Government of India, and Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) on February 24, 2022, signed a contract for the retro-modification of Commander Sight of Battle Tanks T-90 for the Indian Army.
The Acquisition Wing of the Defence Ministry has signed an Rs.1,075 crore contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the retro-modification of Commander Sight of Battle Tanks T-90 and the retro-modification will be carried out in 957 T-90 tanks of the Indian Army.
An official statement said on Monday, “The retro-modification will be carried out in 957 tanks. The total value of the contract is Rs.1,075 Crs (including all taxes and duties). This will provide a fillip to indigenous defence manufacturing and open avenues for export of such advanced technology.”
The successful indigenous development of Thermal Imager-based Commander Sight, jointly by IRDE, DRDO, and BEL, with improved performance than its predecessor, provides a further boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India, it said.
Commander sight of Battle Tank T-90, which is India’s premier battle tank, is presently fitted with Image Converter tube-based sight for night viewing. Based on the requirement projected by the Indian Army, DRDO and BEL have jointly designed and developed an advanced Mid Wave Thermal Image-based sight as a replacement for the existing IC-based sight.
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