War Machine

I am out of ideas for now. Unable to think of any post starting with W fro the Main Blog. For the Photo Blog…found this one I had clicked a few months ago. This is a T-90M Bhishma, Main Battle Tank, in service with the Indian Army.

Doing a bit of copy paste job from Wikipedia (Which again begins with a W)

The term “battle tank” means a self-propelled armoured fighting vehicle, capable of heavy firepower, primarily of a high muzzle velocity direct fire main gun necessary to engage armoured and other targets, with high cross-country mobility, with a high level of self-protection, and which is not designed and equipped primarily to transport combat troops. Such armoured vehicles serve as the principal weapon system of ground-force tank and other armoured formations. Battle tanks are tracked armoured fighting vehicles which weigh at least 16.5 metric tonnes unladen weight and which are armed with a 360-degree traverse gun of at least 75 millimeters calibre. In addition, any wheeled armoured fighting vehicles entering into service which meet all the other criteria stated above shall also be

deemed battle tanks.


The T-90 is a Russian third-generation main battle tank that is a modernisation of the T-72 (it was originally to be called the T-72BU, later renamed to T-90), and is currently the most modern tank in service with the Russian Ground Forces and Naval Infantry. Although derived from the T-72, the T-90 uses the tank gun and 1G46 gunner sights from the T-80U, a new engine, and thermal sights. Protective measures include Kontakt-5 ERA, laser warning receivers, Nakidka camouflage, the EMT-7 electromagnetic pulse (EMP) creator for the destruction of magnetic mines[5] and the Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system. It is designed and built by Uralvagonzavod, in Nizhny Tagil, Russia.

T-90M Bhishma

The T-90M Bhishma is a customized, improved version of the T-90S which India developed with assistance from Russia , Israel and France all of whom India has very close ties with. Bhishma was an Invincible & Immortal warrior from ancient Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.The tanks are equipped with the French-designed thermal sights and utilizes India’s Kanchan explosive reactive armored plates. In April 2008, the Indian Army sent request for proposals to Rafael, BAE Systems, Raytheon, Rosoboronexport, Saab, and Germany’s IBD Deisenroth Engineering for an active protection system for the T-90S Bhishma.

The T-90M features the ‘Kaktus’ embedded explosive reactive armour (ERA) package on its frontal hull and turret-top (the T-90S has ‘Kontakt-5’ ERA), is fitted with an enhanced environmental control system supplied by Israel’s Kinetics Ltd for providing cooled air to the fighting compartment, has additional internal volume for housing the cryogenic cooling systems for new-generation thermal imagers like the THALES-built Catherine-FC thermal imager (operating in the 8-12 micrometre bandwidth).

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12 thoughts on “War Machine

  1. Snow Leopard really “Shoots”! 🙂 Nice pic. Whats better, is the description.

    Uhmmm, I’ll try to stuff all those facts into my head now. kthnxbye.

  2. Fabulous photo and actually appropriate for the season…my post is about John Lennon’s song “Woman” but your photo brings to mind his “Give Peace a Chance.” So, perhaps this post is important in the view of keeping peace in our minds during this season of remembering the reason for the season! Thanks so much.

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