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India test-fired first 1500 HP tank engine at BEML, Mysuru

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 21-03-2024
India test-fired first 1500 HP tank engine at BEML, Mysuru Defence 4 min read

The first indigenously manufactured engine for the Army's main battle tanks was successfully tested at BEML Mysuru on 20 March 2024. The capacity of this engine is 1500 horsepower. The Defence Ministry has called it the beginning of a new era. This test was conducted under the chairmanship of Defence Secretary Giridhar Armane.

  • This success is the beginning of a new era in the country's defence capabilities. This reflects technical skills as well as a commitment to be self-reliant in the defence technology sector.

Feature of 1500 Horsepower Tank Engine:

  • This 1500 HP engine represents a new change in the army's propulsion system. Its other features include several cutting-edge features:
    • High Strength-to-Weight Ratio
    • High Altitude Places
    • Temperatures Below Zero
    • Ability to operate in difficult conditions including deserts.
  • This engine, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, is on par with the most advanced engines globally.

What does this success mean for the defence sector?

  • The Defence Secretary described the achievement as a transformative moment that will enhance the capabilities of the armed forces.
  • This success further strengthens BEML's position as a major contributor to defence production in the country. Underlines its commitment to meet the needs of the nation in this vital sector.
  • This first test of the 1500 hp engine marks the completion of the first production run with a focus on technology stabilization.
  • In the second phase of production, BEML will produce engines for various trials at DRDO's laboratory Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment. They will also be installed in actual vehicles for user testing.
  • The project is likely to be completed by mid-2025. Launched in August 2020, the project has been carefully planned with five phases. It has been ensured to complete it on time by following all the quality standards.

Defence Secretary Giridhar Armane inaugurates 'Wall of Fame':

  • During this event, the Defence Secretary also unveiled the 'Wall of Fame' to honor the exceptional contributions of the BEML team.
  • It symbolizes his contribution in modernizing the country's defence capabilities and achieving new milestones in indigenous technological innovation.

About Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML):

  • BEML is an Indian public sector enterprise. Its headquarters is in Bangalore.
  • Established: May 1964
  • CMD of BEML: Shantanu Roy


Answer: Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML)

Answer: Mysuru

Answer: Bangalore
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