The ARDE conducted successful trials of Fin Stabilized Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot ammunition, designed and developed for the T-72 and T-90.
Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has conducted a successful penetration trial of the critically important Fin Stabilized Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) ammunition, designed and developed for the Indian Army’s T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks.
The Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, conducted successful penetration trials of Fin Stabilized Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) ammunition, design and developed for T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks of Indian Army with 1 mil accuracy at 2 km range, at Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE), Balasore, from 27 November 2017 to 7 December 2017.
The trial results established the penetration capabilities of the indigenously designed FSAPDS ammunition at par with NATO and Russian tank ammunition. With low cost, low wear and moderate chamber pressures, this ammunition is extremely safe and effective up to combat ranges. High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, provided high performance propulsion system required to launch projectile at hyper velocities. The successful trials would pave the way to overcome the shortage of tank ammunition for T-72 and T-90 MBTs of Indian Army.
According to a media outlet, FSAPDS components are sensitive and sophisticated in nature and demand utmost care during their manufacturing and assembly. The dimension and weight accuracy in various components is maintained to very close tolerance limits to achieve the optimal overall performance of the ammunition.