In April 18, 2019 India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had approved a $1.93 billion procurement of 464 Russian-made T-90MS main battle tanks (MBTs) for service in the Indian Army.
In Nov 12 , 2019 The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has inked a $2.8 billion contract with the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to license-build 464 additional T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs) for service in the Indian Army. According to IHS Jane’s, the deal with OFB’s Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) was signed on November 6 and is part of a series of earlier contracts for the license-production of 1,000 T-90S MBTs.
Currently Indian army have 2078 T-90 M/S , 2410 T-72 Ajeya (improved version compare to others ) , 124 Arjun mk1 tank , 118 mk-1A arjun tank and 1000+ T-54/55 (upgraded in 2007 with latest equipment) .
Also there are unknown no of Arjun mk 2 MBT are in service with Indian army.
The T-90MS tank is designed for active offensive or defensive combat in the face of strong opposition from the enemy. His tasks include:
- Support for motorized rifle units , suppression and destruction of enemy firing points directly on the battlefield;
- Breakthrough of the enemy defense system, destruction of his artillery;
- Fight against tanks and other armored vehicles of the enemy;
- Deep raids with the destruction of transport convoys, ammunition depots and equipment in the enemy operational rear;
- Conducting intelligence.