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According to a Request for Information (RFI) published by the Indian MoD (Ministry of Defense) on June 1, 2021, India would like to procure 1,700 Future Ready Combat Vehicles (FRCVs) that would replace the old Russian designed T-72M/M1 Ajeya MBTs (Main Battle Tanks).
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Improved version of T-72M1 Ajeya main battle tank. (Picture source India MoD)

According to the technical requirements published by the Indian MoD (Ministry of Defense), the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) must have the capabilities to operate in a wide range of terrains in road and off-road conditions such as high altitude areas, plains as well as deserts.

The main armament of the FRCV will be able to destroy different types of land targets including MBTs (Main Battle Tanks), armored vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and helicopters. The new vehicle must be fitted with a remotely operated weapon station and anti-aircraft combat equipment to counter UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

Standard onboard equipment of the FRCV must include new modern technologies as artificial intelligence, stealth features and can operate in a network-centric and electronic warfare environment.

According to Indian military sources, the FRCV will replace the T-72M1 Ajeya MBTs, but T-90S and Arjun MBTs will remain in service.

According to the military balance 2020, the Indian army operates around 3,565 MBTs including 122 Arjun, 2,418 T-72M/M1 Ajeya, 1,025 T-90S, and 1,100 tanks of various models in store.

The T-72M1 Ajeya is a Soviet-made upgraded version of T-72 MBT produced under license in India since 1978. The tank is an export variant of the Russian T-72 which is armed with one 125 mm 2A46M cannon using a carousel automatic loading system with 24 rounds ready to fire.

As well as firing standard 125 mm ammunition such as Armor-Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot - Tracer (APFSDS-T) and high-explosive fragmentation, it can also fire a laser-guided High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) missile at a maximum range of 5,000 m. The latest version of the missile has a tandem HEAT warhead to defeat targets with explosive reactive armor.

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According to a Request for Information (RFI) published by the Indian MoD (Ministry of Defense) on June 1, 2021, India would like to procure 1,700 Future Ready Combat Vehicles (FRCVs) that would replace the old Russian designed T-72M/M1 Ajeya MBTs (Main Battle Tanks).
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Improved version of T-72M1 Ajeya main battle tank. (Picture source India MoD)

According to the technical requirements published by the Indian MoD (Ministry of Defense), the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) must have the capabilities to operate in a wide range of terrains in road and off-road conditions such as high altitude areas, plains as well as deserts.

The main armament of the FRCV will be able to destroy different types of land targets including MBTs (Main Battle Tanks), armored vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and helicopters. The new vehicle must be fitted with a remotely operated weapon station and anti-aircraft combat equipment to counter UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

Standard onboard equipment of the FRCV must include new modern technologies as artificial intelligence, stealth features and can operate in a network-centric and electronic warfare environment.

According to Indian military sources, the FRCV will replace the T-72M1 Ajeya MBTs, but T-90S and Arjun MBTs will remain in service.

According to the military balance 2020, the Indian army operates around 3,565 MBTs including 122 Arjun, 2,418 T-72M/M1 Ajeya, 1,025 T-90S, and 1,100 tanks of various models in store.

The T-72M1 Ajeya is a Soviet-made upgraded version of T-72 MBT produced under license in India since 1978. The tank is an export variant of the Russian T-72 which is armed with one 125 mm 2A46M cannon using a carousel automatic loading system with 24 rounds ready to fire.

As well as firing standard 125 mm ammunition such as Armor-Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot - Tracer (APFSDS-T) and high-explosive fragmentation, it can also fire a laser-guided High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) missile at a maximum range of 5,000 m. The latest version of the missile has a tandem HEAT warhead to defeat targets with explosive reactive armor.

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Where's the superior Arjun at fam lol
some butts are bound to get hurt , we can't save them
 

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Only 960~ of Indian T72s are actually upgraded, Of the 1750 in service. The rest being obsolete. Some more are in reserve. Close to 1100 T90, all of the Old S variant. 122 Arjuns…we all know how those are.
Really lacking in tank technology.

From the article it seems FCMV is not an MBT. Maybe a system similar to Russians BMPT “Terminator”
From all the weird shit they’re demanding (stealth features, l m a o), it seems these won’t be in service for at least a couple of decades.
 

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I think India will go American to share logistics as quad. M1A2 should be able to replace T-72 and T-90 and go along well with Apache.
 

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I think India will go American to share logistics as quad. M1A2 should be able to replace T-72 and T-90 and go along well with Apache.
Highly, highly, highly unlikely. M1A2 is far too heavy for Pak-India theatre. Would be an absolute logistical nightmare for India to replace all the ammo and subsystem. They are not that stupid. besides, America is working on its next gen Tank like T-14. M1 is of the same era as T90. Granted M1A2 is more comparable to Russian T90MS and not Indian T90S.
 

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Highly, highly, highly unlikely. M1A2 is far too heavy for Pak-India theatre. Would be an absolute logistical nightmare for India to replace all the ammo and subsystem. They are not that stupid. besides, America is working on its next gen Tank like T-14. M1 is of the same era as T90. Granted M1A2 is more comparable to Russian T90MS and not Indian T90S.
If I am not wrong Pakistan in the times of Zia was offered the then version of M1 and Pakistan too rejected the offer because of the heavy weight of those tanks.... Is it correct?
 

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Only 960~ of Indian T72s are actually upgraded, Of the 1750 in service. The rest being obsolete. Some more are in reserve. Close to 1100 T90, all of the Old S variant.
What kind of APFSDS do they use though ? I'm not sure 3BM42 will be able to pen upper front plate of T-80s , AK-1s (with ERA)
 

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If I am not wrong Pakistan in the times of Zia was offered the then version of M1 and Pakistan too rejected the offer because of the heavy weight of those tanks.... Is it correct?
Pakistan was likely offered a downgraded version, though some do claim it was the newer M1A1 variant, it was rejected due to engine failures, early abrams had an issue with their engines since they did not have a good filtration system and the desert sand made them fail quite easily, that coupled with the weight was the likely reason it was rejected. some make bold claims about how it missed all its targets, but those are just lies.

Indian T90S is a still very formidable tank, better armor than nearly anything in the Sub-continent. the only issue is that India is not upgrading them further as it should be and purchasing old ammo for them. Even the further orders are for the same old S model and not modern MS models. If India does upgrade them to MS standards then these could still be the best tanks in the region, although this would require a lot of money and Russian ToT and permission, so is unlikely.
I’m sure india has some smaller, Local upgrades planned for the T90, but so far none of these seem to be anywhere close to fruition, instead the focus is on arjuns Sub-systems, which sadly has flaws in the basic design, even with the very decent technology on the upcoming MK-1A variant.

What kind of APFSDS do they use though ? I'm not sure 3BM42 will be able to pen upper front plate of T-80s , AK-1s (with ERA)
Indian T90S use BM42 as standard, cannot penetrate turret or upper plate of T80UD, AK/AK-1, VT4 with ERA. It’s ammo from the 80s. I’m not sure if the upgraded Indian T72s can fire BM42 but the older ones definitely cannot, they still use BM-17 which likely cannot even penetrate AZ with ERA.
Though to be fair, Pakistani tanks, despite having much better APFSDS, will still have a very hard time penetrating T90S turret and upper plate, even if it still uses K-5 ERA. The base armor on those is known to be very strong. But they’d still have a easier time than the Indian ones, plus there’s many other places that can be shot at.
 
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According to a Request for Information (RFI) published by the Indian MoD (Ministry of Defense) on June 1, 2021, India would like to procure 1,700 Future Ready Combat Vehicles (FRCVs) that would replace the old Russian designed T-72M/M1 Ajeya MBTs (Main Battle Tanks).
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Improved version of T-72M1 Ajeya main battle tank. (Picture source India MoD)

According to the technical requirements published by the Indian MoD (Ministry of Defense), the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) must have the capabilities to operate in a wide range of terrains in road and off-road conditions such as high altitude areas, plains as well as deserts.

The main armament of the FRCV will be able to destroy different types of land targets including MBTs (Main Battle Tanks), armored vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and helicopters. The new vehicle must be fitted with a remotely operated weapon station and anti-aircraft combat equipment to counter UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

Standard onboard equipment of the FRCV must include new modern technologies as artificial intelligence, stealth features and can operate in a network-centric and electronic warfare environment.

According to Indian military sources, the FRCV will replace the T-72M1 Ajeya MBTs, but T-90S and Arjun MBTs will remain in service.

According to the military balance 2020, the Indian army operates around 3,565 MBTs including 122 Arjun, 2,418 T-72M/M1 Ajeya, 1,025 T-90S, and 1,100 tanks of various models in store.

The T-72M1 Ajeya is a Soviet-made upgraded version of T-72 MBT produced under license in India since 1978. The tank is an export variant of the Russian T-72 which is armed with one 125 mm 2A46M cannon using a carousel automatic loading system with 24 rounds ready to fire.

As well as firing standard 125 mm ammunition such as Armor-Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot - Tracer (APFSDS-T) and high-explosive fragmentation, it can also fire a laser-guided High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) missile at a maximum range of 5,000 m. The latest version of the missile has a tandem HEAT warhead to defeat targets with explosive reactive armor.

India plans to procure 1,700 Future Ready Combat Vehicles to replace T-72M Ajeya tanks | Defense News June 2021 Global Security army industry | Defense Security global news industry army year 2021 | Archive News year (armyrecognition.com)
It gives me a feeling that they are planning to change them with Stryker family of vehicles...
 

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Seems it's going to be T14 Armata.... At least this video suggest that.... if it's true India will have a very powerful tank in her arsenal and perhaps most advanced in the subcontinent???..... @iLION12345_1

 

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Seems it's going to be T14 Armata.... At least this video suggest that.... if it's true India will have a very powerful tank in her arsenal and perhaps most advanced in the subcontinent???..... @iLION12345_1

Yes the requirements in the RFI do point towards T14. The two issues with that are going to be Cost and ToT. India wants full ToT and local integration, Russia so far has not given any country full ToT for even base model T90S, india still has to import the guns, the tracks, the transmission and other things for it because Russia refuses to give ToT. So it’s unlikely they will give full ToT for T14. However if india is willing to make a compromise there and can come up with the funds, then T14 is a very formidable tank, one of the best in the world (granted the APS and ammo are purchased with it).
The RFI also states that induction is to start in 2030, and judging by previous Induction rates, will take over 20 years to complete the order of 1800 tanks. So it will be some time still before we see this in service.

The other thing to consider here would be the increasing closeness of india to the USA and how they might react to this sale in 2030. Or how Russia might react to Chinese pressure over this sale in 2030. Both of these might be a non issue or a major hinderance depending on how things are a few years down the line.

Regardless of all that, if a tank like this is purchased even in 2030, it will be a great capability boost to IA.
 
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Yes the requirements in the RFI do point towards T14. The two issues with that are going to be Cost and ToT. India wants full ToT and local integration, Russia so far has not given any country full ToT for even base model T90S, india still has to import the guns, the tracks, the transmission and other things for it because Russia refuses to give ToT. So it’s unlikely they will give full ToT for T14. However if india is willing to make a compromise there and can come up with the funds, then T14 is a very formidable tank, one of the best in the world (granted the APS and ammo are purchased with it).
The RFI also states that induction is to start in 2030, and judging by previous Induction rates, will take over 20 years to complete the order of 1800 tanks. So it will be some time still before we see this in service.

The other thing to consider here would be the increasing closeness of india to the USA and how they might react to this sale in 2030. Or how Russia might react to Chinese pressure over this sale in 2030. Both of these might be a non issue or a major hinderance depending on how things are a few years down the line.

Regardless of all that, if a tank like this is purchased even in 2030, it will be a great capability boost to IA.
What I am more excited is future 152 MM tank gun to be mounted on this tank.... is there any tank already in service with 152 MM gun as most of the tanks I see are always with 125 MM gun... is there any plans for your VT4 to upgrade it with this type of gun?
 

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