SOURCE:IDRW NEWS NETWORK
India has rejected Russian offer of installing Arena active protection system (APS) developed at Russia’s Kolomna-based Engineering Design Bureau for the purpose of protecting its newly ordered Russian T-90MS tanks for the Indian Army.
idrw.org has learned that APS offered by Russians failed in technical parameters and was earlier tested onboard existing fleet of T-90S MBT of Indian Army.
The government of India was earlier offered Rafael developed ASPRO-A (Trophy) active protection system used on Isreali Merkava-4 MBT but offer was rejected since it could have lead to a single vendor situation
DRDO’s Combat Vehicles R&D Establishment (CVRDE) could be tasked to co-develop active protection systems for armoured fighting vehicles developed and under development to provide the best possible protection to tanks and crew against a wide spectrum of threats including rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), anti-tank grenades, HEAT, HESH, CE, KE rounds and advanced ATGMs.
Indian Army has been insisting that newly ordered 464 T-90MS tanks come with advanced protection systems so not to suffer same fate has the current fleet of T-90S which came without APS. DRDO co-developed APS with overseas equipment manufacturer will also be used on the Arjun tank series, T-90S and armoured personnel carriers under development.
An active protection system is a system designed to prevent line-of-sight guided anti-tank missiles/projectiles from acquiring and/or destroying a target. APS also intercepts and destroys incoming missiles and rockets with a shotgun-like blast.
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