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In a significant move towards bolstering India’s self-reliance in defence manufacturing, Armoured Vehicles Nigam Limited (AVNL) has set an ambitious target to completely reduce its reliance on Russia for certain components of the T-90 Main Battle Tanks operated by the Indian Army. The goal is to achieve this milestone by mid-2024, marking a significant shift towards indigenous production and reducing dependency on foreign sources.

The T-90 Main Battle Tanks are a critical component of India’s armoured forces, and ensuring their self-sufficiency in terms of components and parts is of paramount importance. AVNL, in collaboration with the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) at Avadi near Chennai, has already made significant strides in this direction.

One notable achievement is the development of locally manufactured engines for the T-90 tanks. These engines are not reliant on Russian components, thanks to technology transfer agreements. This achievement signifies a major step towards self-sufficiency in tank production.

Building on this success, AVNL is actively working with the Indian private sector to Indianize other critical systems and components of the T-90 tanks. The objective is clear: to reduce reliance on Russian sources to zero. This initiative aligns with India’s broader “Make in India” campaign and underscores the nation’s commitment to enhancing its indigenous defence manufacturing capabilities.

By localizing the production of key components, AVNL aims to not only ensure a steady supply chain for T-90 tanks but also strengthen India’s defence industry by fostering innovation and expertise within the country.

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