The first Schilka upgraded tank at BEL SBU in Bangalore. Photo: Bhaktar Babu, Bangalore Beat
| By Anantha Krishnan M. | AVIATION WEEK |
Bangalore | India | December 6, 2010 |
The Indian army will receive the first batch of upgraded Soviet-made Schilka tanks from next year onward. Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) has completed giving the first tank a new lease on life at its Military Radar Strategic Business Unit in Bengaluru. BEL won a global tender to upgrade the tanks, which the Indian army finds difficult to use because of their increasing operational cost and component obsolescence. The army released the tender in 1997, specifically to upgrade the Schilka weapon systems. The tanks are armed with 23-mm. guns featuring four barrels to enable a high rate of fire.