A third generation battle tank, the T-90 first rolled out in 1993 and got evolved out of the T-72B. Equipped with a 125 mm gun, this tank has Kontakt-5 ERA (Explosive Reactive Armour) and has a Shtora electro-optical active protection system designed to disrupt laser rangefinders of Anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM). This tank has seen several wars including the recent Syrian civil war.
India’s interest for the T-90 began in 1993 when Pakistan started conducting field trials with the Ukrainian made T-80UD. Since India already had the license to manufacture the T-72 (Ajeya) at the Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi (Tamil Nadu), it was easy for India to begin assembly of 42 nos. of the T-90 with the help of Russian supplied kits by 2001.
Additional order for another 300 tanks followed the very next year and soon this MBT (Main Battle Tank) became the mainstay for the Indian Army. After further improvements such as fixing of Catherine-FC thermal sights, advanced turret made of high reinforced steel, etc, the new tank was named Bhishma.
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|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||11.5 x 5.5 x 4|