India fired an unusual guided missile from a tank and bothered China
NEW DELHI, (BM) – Against the backdrop of an increasingly uncertain future in India-China relations, New Delhi has decided to test with its ground equipment at its disposal to accept the challenge of a possible future conflict, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to information spread on social networks and especially on Twitter, the Indian Army has conducted a successful test of the launch of GLATGM [Gun Launched Anti Tank Guided Missile] from the main armament tank, namely Arjun.
According to local sources, this test was performed on September 23 this year at the Ahmednagar test site. Experts believe that this missile can be used by various launchers, and apparently this is so after the Indians managed to fire it from the said tank. What is known so far from the report of the Indian authorities is that the projectile has reached a target at a distance of 3 km.
The projectile is equipped with a tandem cumulative anti-tank warhead with infrared targeting. Military experts say that this projectile is successfully and most effectively able to increase the tank’s combat power, as it is built on the principle of “a balanced combination of conventional and intelligent tank ammunition.”
Belgian experts claim that the same projectile can be successfully used not only by Indian tanks but also by Russian tanks, as India uses the base of Russian tanks to build its Arjun. Russia also has similar missiles, but they were developed in the Soviet era and have laser targeting as an additional feature. But experts say that the Russian missiles, analogous to the Indian, differ in the range of defeat and the distance to reach the target.
As far as we know, the Russian missiles in question have a range of 4 to 5 km.
Back in India, experts say that based on the tests, New Delhi is likely to abandon the purchase of their Russian counterparts, as they already have the technology to develop them, which would significantly optimize military spending.
“India is proud of the DRDO team working to reduce import dependence,” Defense Minister Rajnat Singh said after testing on September 23rd.
Usual suspects – India and Egypt could be the next customers of T-14 Armata tank
As reported on August 30 by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, at the opening of the International Military and Technology Forum “Army-2020″, representatives of the Russian armaments industry are ready to start the production and sale of the latest T-14 Armata MBTs to several export customers who are allies of Russia.
These countries include, inter alia, Belarus, Egypt, India and Vietnam, which are regular recipients of Russian weapon systems and were to express their interest in this next-generation Main Battle Tank. In July this year. the head of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, announced that preparations for the promotion and sale of Armata tanks to foreign customers are underway. Cooperation with these clients is scheduled to start in 2021.
At the beginning of August this year the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, announced that the mass production of the T-14 Armata MBTs for the Russian army had begun. This is to enable the first examples of these tanks to enter line service next year.
After meeting the first domestic needs in this regard, it will be possible to start serial production for potential export customers. According to Manturov, an unspecified number of the latest T-14 Armata was to be sent to Syria to the Russian military contingent stationed there in order to undergo a series of combat tests.
The indications are that the T-14 Armata will be the world’s first mass-produced and introduced into the line service 4th generation MBT. This vehicle has been designed in a completely new design layout with an unmanned and lightly armored turret and a heavily armored hull, and the main focus is on maximizing the survivability of the crew.
In addition, according to official data from the Russian Ministry of Defense, the armor penetration achieved by the T-14 Armata armament is to be almost twice as high as the latest models of MBTs currently used, such as the T-72B3M, T-80BWM or T-90M.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation signed with UWZ during the International Technical-Military Forum “Army 2018” the first contract for serial deliveries of the T-14 Armata MBTs and the T-15 Armata heavy infantry fighting vehicles based on its chassis for the Polish Armed Forces.
According to the contract, 132 vehicles of both types are to be delivered. At the moment, there are approximately 20 pre-series production vehicles in service, which are now undergoing comprehensive examinations and tests.
India could change the market through T-14 Armata tank mass production
The recent aggravation on the Sino-Indian border has served as a good catalyst for growing demand for Russian weapons.
New Delhi, faced with the prospect of colliding with the PLA, asked Moscow to expedite the supply of S-400 air defense systems and intensify negotiations on the purchase of more than three dozen MiG-29 and Su-30MKI fighters. Also, India can become the first foreign market for the advanced T-14 Armata tank.
New Delhi has traditionally been a major consumer of Russian defense industry products. This is due to the dangerous proximity with Pakistan and China and the optimal price-quality ratio of Russian weapons.
Together with New Delhi, Moscow has, for example, a joint production program for the Su-30MKI fighter and the T-90S tank. Two years ago it was reported that the Indian army intends to replace 1770 of its obsolete T-72 tanks.
The main contenders were the T-14 Armata, the Ukrainian Oplot and the South Korean tank K2 Black Panther. If everything is clear with the real prospects of Oplot, then it was a great opportunity for the T-14.
This tank is really ahead of time. On the Armata platform, a whole family of armored vehicles can be created. The crew of the tank was reduced to three people due to the uninhabitability of the tower, the control of firing from the powerful 125 mm smoothbore gun 2A82-1M is automated and is carried out via a digital interface.
Active and passive defense systems have been used that dramatically increase the survivability of the combat vehicle. In fact, this is not just a tank, but also a real command center, designed to conduct modern-style network-centric warfare.
This tank is good for everyone, except for the price. For comparison, the production of one T-72 of the latest B3M modification costs about 80 million rubles, the T-90M costs 150 million, and the T-14 is already 250 million rubles (and this cost will be relevant only for multi-series production.
Now the cost of one experimental a sample of the latest tank reaches 500 million rubles). The difference is very significant. Because of this, it turned out to be beneficial for the military to modernize the already existing “nineties.” Belarus went the same way, turning the T-72 into the T-72BEM, which is considered appropriate for the capabilities of the Russian T-90A tank.
In general, such a prudent approach is justified, but it puts an end to the prospects of its immeasurably more expensive follower of the T-14. Instead of previously announced more than 2 thousand produced a little more than two dozen armored vehicles.
Only mass conveyor production can change the situation, which will significantly reduce its cost. Some time ago, “Armata” began to be prepared for export, forming its technical passport, which we described in detail earlier. For this, the tank was even “brought” to Syria.
The countries of the Middle East were named as potential buyers, where both money is found and the conditions for operation are suitable.
But, apparently, India will become its first foreign buyer. This is reported with reference to its sources, the publication “Star”: “The product is being prepared for export. India showed interest of it.”
Apparently, New Delhi needed additional arguments against China and Pakistan simultaneously in heaven and on earth.
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