The Tank Ex tale has taken a new twist. Two Tank Ex have been sanctioned for Indian Army T-72 upgrade possibility. Some time back, Frontier India Wrote an article ” Tank Ex, ideal T-72 upgrades. ” The two prototypes are to be tested by the Indian Army for the T-72 upgrades. During DEFEXPO 2010, Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) and Raytheon Company announced teaming up in a L&T led proposal submitted this month to upgrade Indian Army T72 tanks.
Tank-Ex is a T-72 chassis with highly reliable Arjun Tank turret and 1000 HP engine. Tank-ex has a higher power to weight ratio of 21 as compared to 20 of a T-72. The weight is expected to be 47 tons against 40 tons of T-72. Tenk-Ex will have a higher firepower with low silhouette compared to the T-72.
Tank-Ex will be capable of 60 Kms speed. Tank-Ex is a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) made option which was first displayed in During DEFEXPO 2004.
Indian Army plans to upgrade upto 1000 T-72 tanks in the near future. The upgrades are expected to cost $100 million.