Two fully indigenous battle tank engines, V-46-6 and V92S2 are handed over to Indian Army
The tank engines power the T-72 Ajeya tank and the T-90 Bhishma tank was produced by the Engine Factory Avadi (EFA), a unit of Ordnance Factory Board. The effort has resulted in savings for the exchequer to the tune of ₹33 lakh for the T-90 engine and ₹9.75 lakh for the T-72 engine.
Speaking at an event, Defence Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman said: “We have the capability and talent to produce and manufacture our own products, but we continue to import. This is why Prime Minister Modi started ‘Make In India’.”
Ms. Sitharaman also underlined the importance of manufacturing defence products used by the armed forces. “If we keep importing parts for defence equipment, it might end up being a stumbling block to India’s security. The equipment and parts may not be available when necessary, or servicing could become difficult. The Engine Factory Avadi has shown that it is possible to manufacture engines and other equipment all by ourselves,” she said.