New Delhi, April 10: The Cabinet Committee on Security on Monday cleared the acquisition of 464 T-90MS main battle tanks. These tanks will be deployed on the borders with Pakistan. The new inductions will also strengthen the Indian Army's fire-power along the land border stretch from Jammu in the north till the western flank in Gujarat. The entire deal will be around two billion dollars. Indian Navy Likely to Close USD 2 Billion Deal with Lockheed Martin for MH-60 'Romeo' Seahawk Helicopters by October 2019.
The contract will also include a Make-in-India element for integration at the Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi near Chennai. With this procurement, the new T-90 regiments will be increased by 10 more units and would be equipped with thermal imaging night sights to allow the tank commander to strike enemy locations during night battles.
India has already inducted 18 regiments of T-90 tanks which are deployed in Rajasthan and Punjab on the Pakistan front. Currently, the Indian Army’s Tank fleet is facing with night blindness, and these new tanks would help in doing away with that. The T-90MS is the latest upgrade to the classic T-90 tank family.
Last Year, India also signed $ five billion deal with Russia to procure S-400 advanced air defence system. The deal was signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India to take part in the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit.