India has repeatedly attempted to modernize its T-72 tanks.
Perhaps the most unusual was the variant, which received the designation EH. The designers decided to combine Russian, local and Western technologies.
To do this, a new welding tower was installed on the T-72M1 chassis well developed by the industry. With its angular design, it resembles the one used on the Indian tank Arjun, but has differences. It is supposed to be smaller and therefore lighter.
At the same time, a multi-layered reservation is used in the front, capable of resisting some types of cumulative and sub-caliber ammunition. A 120 mm rifled cannon is used as the main weapon. It has a 7.62 mm machine gun. The roof is designed to install a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft “Utes.”
If the “seventy-second” has an automated charging system, then the projectiles are delivered manually by the fourth member of the crew -charger.
The fire control system received a sight with a thermal imaging channel. The commander has a panorama at his disposal.
A 1,000-horsepower diesel engine was installed to improve mobility performance.
In total, eight EH samples were produced, which were tested, but their characteristics were not impressed by the military, which preferred T-90C Bhishma.
Judging by the information that has appeared on the Internet, these tanks are now used for test purposes, so, with their help, work out the use of new guided missiles with laser guidance. Successful launches were reported this week.