Nirmala Sitharaman, the Defence Minister of India, handed over two types of indigenous high-power multi-fuel engines to the Army. The engines, based on Russian design, have been built under the "Make in India" scheme.

These engines have been manufactured by Engine Factory Avadi (EFA), a unit of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). The EFA has manufactured more than 12,000 engines since its inception in 1987 for the Indian Army.

Points to Remember

1. The Engine model V-46-6 is used in T-72 Main Battle Tank (aka Ajeya). It is a diesel engine with a rating of 780 HP.

2. The Engine model V92S2 is fitted in T-90 Battle Tank (aka Bhisma). It is a diesel engine with a rating of 1000 HP.

Important GK Tips:

1. Nirmala Sitharaman became the Defence Minister on September 03, 2017.

2. The T-72 was the most common tank used by the Warsaw Pact from the 1970s until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It was also exported to other countries, such as Finland, India, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Yugoslavia, as well as being copied elsewhere, both with and without licenses.

3. In 2001, India purchased 310 T-90S tanks from Russia, of which 124 were delivered complete (42 featured the early cast turrets seen on Russian tanks) and 186 were to be assembled from kits delivered in various stages of completion with an emphasis on shifting production to domestic means.


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