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India Marks a Milestone in Defence Innovation with Indigenous 1500 HP Tank Engine

In a landmark event at BEML’s Engine Division in Mysuru on March 20, 2024, India successfully conducted the first test-firing of its indigenously developed 1500 Horsepower (HP) engine designed for Main Battle Tanks, signaling a significant leap in the nation’s defence manufacturing capabilities. This pioneering project, led under the guidance of Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane, marks a crucial step towards achieving self-reliance in defence technologies and enhancing the operational effectiveness of the Indian Armed Forces.

The newly developed engine is a testament to India’s growing expertise in military engineering, featuring advanced technologies that enable it to operate in diverse and challenging conditions such as high altitudes, sub-zero temperatures, and deserts. Its high power-to-weight ratio aligns it with the world’s leading military propulsion systems, positioning India on the global map of cutting-edge defence technology producers.

The event was highlighted by the inauguration of the Test Cell by Defence Secretary Aramane, who lauded the initiative as a transformative development that bolsters the military capabilities of the country. Shantanu Roy, CMD of BEML, emphasized the company’s pivotal role in this achievement, reinforcing its dedication to contributing to India’s defence sector.

This successful test signifies the culmination of the project’s first phase, aimed at technology stabilization, paving the way for the second phase which involves engine production for extensive trials. Scheduled for completion by mid-2025, this initiative is structured around five major milestones, with a focus on timely execution and quality adherence.

In recognition of the BEML team’s outstanding efforts and contributions towards advancing India’s defence capabilities, a ‘Wall of Fame’ was also inaugurated by the Defence Secretary during the event. The ceremony was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Defence, industry partners, and BEML Ltd, celebrating this monumental achievement in indigenous technological innovation.

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