As per the Make II guidelines of the Ministry of Defence, the Army has accorded a project sanction order for development & supply of 125mm Armour Piercing Fin Stabilised Discarding-Sabot (APFSDS) specialised ammunition for its mainstay battle tanks to an Indian private sector company. The awarded contract is worth Rs 2300 crores.
“The 125mm APFSDS ammunition is the primary tank ammunition, utilised for destruction of enemy tanks. The advent of superior protection technologies now available globally, results in improved protection levels of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs). The aspect of DoP (Depth of Penetration), which defines the terminal effects of the ammunition, is a major consideration to defeat the enhanced protection levels of AFVs. We will be developing & manufacturing an improved APFSDS Ammunition with minimum DoP of 530mm and higher, in order to enhance the lethality, within the existing ‘safety’, ‘consistency’, and ‘shelf life’ criteria. This ammunition will be fired from the existing barrels, presently fitted on the T-72, T-90 tanks,” said Khate, the CEO of the firm, OshoCorp Global, which has been awarded the contract.
Khate further said that OshoCorp design & engineering team has been working on development of 125mm APFSDS Ammo project as per the end-user requirements and confident to manufacture the same as per the Make II guidelines of Indigenous content. Initially there is need to develop up to 250 rounds each for T-72, T-90 tank platforms for trial and approval, subsequently produce Quantity 85,000 rounds of ammunition. This project is being executed by OshoCorp’s weapons and Ammunition division “vSalute”.
Col PK Juneja, Head Special Projects at OshoCorp, said that the current project cost is more than Rs 2300 Crores (USD 330 Million) and it has huge potential to generate future domestic & export business which can be many times more than the current project cost, as ammunition is a continuous requirement and current demand is based on backlogs. In the export market, the countries using T-72and T-90 tanks can be benefited by purchasing India developed 125mm APFSDS Ammunition.