Elite Armoured Corps, Indian Army – All You Need To Know
The Elite Armoured Corps is an operational combat arm of the Indian Army. It is popularly known as Tank Regiment of the Indian Army. The Armoured Corps school and centre are located in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. The Elite President’s Bodyguard is a part of Armoured Corps. Presently, there are around 67 Armoured regiments serving the Nation. 21 Armoured Regiments are presented with the President’s colors. The Armored Corps School and Centre were also presented with Presidential Colors by then President Pranab Mukherjee in 2017 held at Ahmednagar. The Armoured Corps day is celebrated on 1st of May.
After Independence, the Centurion and Vijayanta Tanks of Armoured Corps roared at the Western border in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak Wars. In the pavement of Modernization, Armoured Corps was equipped with Russian T-55, T-72, and T-90 tanks. Indigenously designed and developed Arjun Main Battle Tank is serving in the Indian Army after the lethal upgrade.
Equipment of Armoured Corps
1. T-55 Tank
The T-55 tank was procured from the Soviet Union. A total of 4 member crew is needed to operate the T-55 tank. The main weapons of T-55 are a 100 mm rifled gun/cannon and a 7.62 mm Machine Gun. The maximum speed of T-55 is 50 Kmph.
2. T-72 Ajeya
The T-72 tank was purchased from the Soviet Union. A total of 3 member crew is required to operate the T-72 Ajeya tank. The main weapons of T-72 are 125 mm Smoothbore Gun/Canon and 7.62 mm Machine Gun. The 12.6 mm Anti Aircraft Machine Gun can also be fitted in T-72. The maximum speed of T-72 is 60 Kmph
3. T-90 Bhishma
The T-90 tank is also procured from the Russian Federation. A total of 3 member crew is required to operate the T-90 Bhishma Tank. The main weapons of T-90 Bhishma are 125 Smoothbore Gun/Canon and 7.62 mm Machine Gun. The 12.6 mm Anti Aircraft Machine Gun can also be fitted in T-90. The Defence Research and Development Organisation has upgraded the tank with fire control systems and Thermal Night Sight Camera. The maximum speed of the T-90 Bhishma Tank is 60 Kmph.
4. Arjun Main Battle Tank
Arjun Main Battle Tank is an indigenously designed and developed tank, currently serving in the Indian Army. The Defence Research and Development Organisation played an important role in making the Arjun MBT along with private sector companies. A total of 4 member crew is required to operate the Arjun MBT. The main weapons of Arjun MBT are 120 mm rifled tank Gun and 12.7 mm Anti Aircraft Machine Gun. Additionally, Smoke Grenades and modern protective Armor are integrated with Arjun MBT. The maximum speed of Arjun MBT is 70 Kmph.
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