It is neither the Tejas nor the Rafale that is turning heads at the Aero India, set to conclude at Yelahanka in Bengaluru Friday. That accolade has gone to the good old BMP 2, the infantry combat vehicle that plays a crucial role in combat including in Ladakh where it has been deployed in large numbers.
The BMP on display at the Aero India, however, is a refurbished version that addresses one of the combat vehicle’s greatest drawbacks.
As of now, the BMP, being manufactured by the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) under license from Russia, lacks night-vision capability, literally leaving it blind when the sun sets.
All that, however, is about to change. A Bengaluru based start-up, Tonbo Imaging, has come up with a solution as part of the Defence India Startup Challenge under the government’s iDEX (Innovation for Defence Excellence) initiative.
The company has designed technology that it has termed as “see-through armour”. It gives the commander, his driver and the gunman a 360 degree view even at night.
The technology enhances the vehicle’s all-round survivability and provides an extra edge in combat.