New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman handed over two categories of indigenised multi-fuel engines for powering main battle tanks to the Vice Chief of Army Staff on Saturday.
The engines were developed at the Engine Factory Avadi (EFA), Chennai, a unit of Ordnance Factory Board under the Department of Defence Production.
The engines have been fully indigenised for the first time under the Make-in-India Programme. The first engine with 1,000 HP, named V92S2, powers T-90 Bhisma Tank and the second, named V-46-6, powers T-72 Ajeya Tank and its variants.
Though these engines are manufactured based on Russian design, EFA has worked tirelessly to make critical assemblies under “Make in India” programme and has emerged successful in its efforts. These assemblies, which include Turbo Charger, Super Charger, and Fuel Injection Pumps, were sourced from Russia earlier.
EFA will be manufacturing the two engines with 100 per cent Indian made parts, according to an official release.