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The Ministry of Defence’s Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) has announced a new challenge under the iDEX DISC-11 initiative. This program seeks technological advancements in two crucial tank components: starter-generators and ultra capacitors.

The challenge focuses on developing replacements for the existing ??-10-1C and ??-18-1C starter-generators currently used in T-72 and T-90 tanks, respectively. These DC electric machines serve a dual purpose.

The ideal replacement would likely offer improved performance and efficiency compared to the existing models. Specific details are not publicly available, but potential areas of improvement could include:

  • Increased power output
  • Enhanced reliability and durability
  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Reduced maintenance requirements

The second challenge aims to develop ultra capacitors specifically designed for starting tank engines in harsh winter conditions, as low as -50°C. These capacitors would provide the necessary surge of power to crank the engine even in extreme cold, where traditional batteries struggle to perform.

The iDEX DISC-11 Challenge is open to participation by private sector companies in India. This initiative highlights the Ministry of Defence’s commitment to fostering innovation and indigenous development within the country’s defense sector. By collaborating with private enterprises, the DIO seeks to acquire cutting-edge technologies that can enhance the capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces.

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