For T-90 Bhishma licence built by our own factories, indigenous technology has proved beneficial. The Bhisma boasts of a new frontal Kanchan armor which was tested superior than its Russian counterparts. The engine was given upgrades like protection systems, navigation gear, thermal imaging sights and fire control systems. The new tank is designated as T-90M Tagil. FSAPDS rounds containing long-rod kinetic energy penetrators has been attached to the new armory. There is also a battlespace management terminal plus a fibre-optic gyro-based land navigation system.
The Indian government has already approved the upgrades to T-90MS status. It involves the purchase of third generation anti-tank missile systems which will make the T-90 Bhishma capable of hitting targets up to 8 kilometers during the day as well as night. Earlier it was armed with the INVAR missile system.
The Indian Army has proposed specific features of the missile system that are to be developed by the private defense manufacturers. The missile should be capable of being fired from 125 mm gun barrel and should have the ability to carry out pre-flight programmed maneuvers towards a beyond-line-of-sight engagement target.
Also there is $375 million fund available for the purchase of armored fighting vehicle protection and counter measure systems for more than 3000 T-90 tanks. The system will warn & destroy impending attacks from anti-tank guided missiles, rocket propelled grenade/rocket launcher and projectiles fired up to velocity of 1000 m/sec.
These tanks are already undergoing refits with modular engines that have a variable power output of 1200-1500 HP to cater for high battle field agility.
A vital linchpin of India’s Cold Start Doctrine, once upgraded to MS Standard hundreds of T-90 Bhishma are going to be installed on the Western front. And if Pakistan dares commit any harakiri, they are indeed going to be a nightmare to the country that has always promoted Jihadi terrorism.