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Expert lays stress on developing materials to strengthen battle tanks

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Army to get prototype of explosive reactor armour for Arjun MBT by June

encouraging researchers:G. Viswanathan, Chancellor of VIT University (right)), releasing a souvenir at a conference in Vellore on Monday. P. Sivakumar, Director, CVRDE, DRDO, Chennai, received the first copy.— Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan
encouraging researchers:G. Viswanathan, Chancellor of VIT University (right)), releasing a souvenir at a conference in Vellore on Monday. P. Sivakumar, Director, CVRDE, DRDO, Chennai, received the first copy.— Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

The Combat Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will hand over the prototype of the explosive reactor armour (ERA) for Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT) Mark-II to the Army for trial by June 1, according to P. Sivakumar, Director, CVRDE, DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Avadi, Chennai.

Inaugurating the International Conference on Recent Trends in Advanced Materials (ICRAM) 2012 on the VIT University campus here on Monday, Dr. Sivakumar said that the ERA in Arjun MBT Mark-II, which is an advanced version of Arjun MBT Mark-I, would provide extra protection to the crew from missile attacks.

India produced the first MBTs with hydro-pneumatic suspension.

The 60-tonne MBT will move at a speed of 70 km per hour, he said.

The CVRDE Director stressed the need for developing advanced materials to strengthen battle tanks with features such as barrel life enhancement, ability to hit the enemy with the first shot, enhanced lethality (ability to destroy the enemy tanks), mass effectiveness, ballistic resistance, maintainability, protection from enemy attacks and landmines, enhanced protection for fuel tanks and mobility camouflage techniques.

The CVRDE was currently working with VIT for developing nano materials. “If we win the race in nanotechnology, India can become a developed country soon.”

G. Viswanathan, Chancellor, VIT, released the conference souvenir. Dr. Sivakumar received the first copy.

V. Raju, Vice-Chancellor, VIT, explained through a powerpoint presentation the role played by materials in the production of engineering marvels such as the wonders of the world, and technological marvels such as aeroplanes, computers and cell phones.

V.M. Chandrasekaran, director, School of Advanced Sciences (SAS), VIT, who welcomed the gathering, said that articles were received from more than 800 scientists and researchers from 10 countries for the conference.

D. Rajan Babu, professor, SAS and conference convener, said 622 delegates and 38 speakers would be participating in the conference aimed at encouraging researchers to meet and discuss on topics related to advanced materials.

VIT vice-presidents Sankar Viswanathan and G.V. Sampath participated. R. Ezhil Vizhi, organising secretary, proposed a vote of thanks.


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