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    RUSSIA SHOWS MODERNIZED T-72 AND WORLD'S BEST T-90S TANKS IN INDIA

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    MOSCOW, February 4, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- The 3rd international land and naval systems exhibition Defexpo India 2004 opened in Delhi (India) on Wednesday. Russia shows there a fire control system with which it participates in the tender for the modernization of the T-72 tank, the main combat tank of the Indian army. A representative of the press service of the federal state unitary enterprise Rosoboronexport said this to RIA Novosti.

    "The fire power of the tank in many respects depends on the fire control system based on the day and night multichannel heat vision sight, while the former gunner sight is being used in the modernized machine as a duplication sight," a representative of the enterprise said.

    At the present time, Rosobornexport takes part in the tender for the modernization of T-72M1 tanks, with which the Indian land forces are equipped. Hundreds of such tanks were manufactured by license in the Avadi-based plant.

    In addition, Russia shows its modern T-90S tank, which is the best in its class and, certainly will attract great attention of specialists," stressed a Rosobornexport representative.

    Experts believe that the technological base of the T-72M1 combat tanks production and that of T-90 tanks are practically identical which makes it possible to begin the modernization of T-72M1 tanks without additional means to be attracted.

    "This circumstance is an unconditional advantage of the Russian proposal since all other proposals for the modernization of the Indian tanks will require investments to re-equip the technological line for the production of armoured machines in Avadi, a Rosoboronexport spokesman pointed out.

    He also said that if India chooses the Russian modernization variant this will allow to increase the degree of unification of the tank park and create a single system of preparing the crews, troops servicing and equipment repairs.

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