Chennai, Aug 24 (ANI): The first batch of indigenously built T-90 tanks "Bhishma" was flagged off by Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju here on Monday.
The rolling out ceremony was organised at the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi near here. The HVF manufactured the Bhishma tanks in collaboration with Russia.
The HVF is aiming to produce 100 Bhishma tanks per year.
The Bhishma tanks are equipped with 125mm smooth bore gun stabilised in elevation and azimuth, 12.7mm anti-craft machine gun and 7.62mm co-axial machine gun supported with high accuracy sighting systems and also Automatic Loader ensuring high rate of fire.
Bhishma's capability to fire guided missile in addition to conventional ammunition using the same main gun barrel is a significant factor.
The integrated fire control system of Bhishma consists with the gunner's sight, guided weapon system and ballistic computer facilitates accurate firing of conventional ammunitions as well as the guided missiles.
The built in Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) enhances the tank protection, which will save crew and equipment from chemical, biological and radioactive attack.
The tank is also equipped with new thermal imagers which enhances night fighting capability.(ANI)