India’s Defence Acquisition Council Approves Indigenous Development of 125mm APFSDS Ammunition for T-72/T-90 Battle Tanks

India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has accorded approval for indigenous development and production of the main gun 125mm Armour Piercing Fin Stabilised Discarding-Sabot (APFSDS) ammunition for T-72/T-90 main battle tanks by the Indian industry.

The procurement was approved during a meeting of the council, chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on Sept 13.

APFSDS is a type of kinetic energy penetrator ammunition used to attack modern vehicle armour. The new ammunition would substantially enhance the armour penetration capability of the Indian Army MBTs.

The DAC also approved procurement of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed and Industry manufactured Mechanical Mine Layer (Self Propelled) to improve automated minelaying capability with the Indian Army. In total, DAC accorded approval for Capital Procurement for the Services amounting to approximately Rs 2,000 crores.

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