India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved USD 1.93 billion procurement of 464 Russian-made T-90MS main battle tanks (MBTs) for the Indian Army (IA). Russia has expressed the willingness to extend the license to assemble the T-90 as well as increase production of T-90 tanks for India’s military.
Indian Army officers said the T-90MS MBTs would be imported in kit form from Russian manufacturer Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) for assembly by India’s state-owned Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) in Avadi, southeastern India. The MBTs are expected to eventually equip 10 armored regiments.
The T-90MSs are expected to supplement hundreds of Bhishma MBTs deployed in the Indian states of Punjab and Rajasthan in the north and northwest of the country, at the border with Pakistan.