It's K 2A few months back LRDE issued an RFI for the 'Radar for Active Protection System'. It seems like TBRL, CVRDE etc are also involved in the APS project.
Tender document showed these photos:
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The tank turret in the tender photo looks like the NG-MBT turret design:
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So, APS will probably be deployed on the upcoming NGMBT first. TBRL is developing the hard-kill cartridge for the APS. LDRE is making the radar & CVRDE is making the tank. Why develop an APS for an upcoming platform like NGMBT & existing platforms like Arjun Nk1 or Mk1A ? Maybe there are some design/space constraints on the current tanks.
Anyway. today LRDE issued another tender. This time for the ‘Ballistic Protected Enclose with Radomes’ for the X-Band radars of DRDO’s APS.
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There is again talk of Arjun MkII , because DRDO Dr Kamat sir interview.
The thing is, there was evidence of this in one of the indigenisation lists, 3rd one. Now there are 2 types of Indigenisation list. One is for the subsystems/LRUs which is given to the DPSUs, another is platform centric. You can see both types 3rd list below with clear difference.
Arjun MkII was mentioned in that first link. Given Arjun tanks run on MTU powerpack, this plan of fitting a 1500HP powerpack, and other changes suggest MkII is mainly improvement effort over batches, and possibly MkIII is also going to happen in future. So all these versions are likely indigenised LRU fitting process where % of indi content gradually goes up, hopefully one APS will also be there. Sort of a phased indigenisation maybe.That track system is definitely in the work, there was a contract awarded last year for analysing rubber content, post which track system will be upgraded.
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On other hand, saw a reference to NGMBT in one ARDE director achievement list who was director there till 2022 then retired, which suggests he oversaw the ammo project while he was there between 2019-22. Now up to CVRDE I guess. The Light tank project must have shifted priority.
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There are 3 names - Arjun MK-2, Arjun MK-3 and NGMBT. It is so confusing. Anyone care to explain and simplify?They call it Arjun, but it's a whole new design. It should actually get a new name.
It will feature armor capsule, autoloader, unmanned turret, UAV, APS etc. CDR was expected to happen this year, but may happen the next year. A prototype will be out within 3 years after that. Hence ready for production by 2030. It will be offered for the FRCV too.
There are 3 names - Arjun MK-2, Arjun MK-3 and NGMBT. It is so confusing. Anyone care to explain and simplify?
Also, Azad from other forum told me to ask you about the whereabouts of Lonewarrior. Kya Gangadhar hi Shaktiman hai?
The light tank project got precedence so that might have delayed need for heavy MBT for now, speaking in next 3-10 year period.