Significant Milestone: Indigenous 1500 HP Engine for Military Tanks Successfully Test-Fired by BEML

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New Delhi:  The successful test-firing of indigenous 1500 HP engine for military vehicles by Bharat Earthmovers Ltd (BEML) at its Mysuru plant marks a significant milestone in India’s journey towards self-reliance in defence technologies. The test-firing was inaugurated by Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane.

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Towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, the 1500 HP engine project is a key step. Highlighting the project’s importance, Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane stated that it represents a significant stride towards enhancing India’s military capacity on the global stage. He emphasised that the engine’s development heralds a transformative movement, showcasing India’s prowess in defence technologies.

Boasting of advanced features, including electronic control with CRDi fuel injection system, self-air filter cleaning electronic warning control, and high power-to-weight ratio, the indigenous 1500 HP engine is designed to operate in extreme conditions, including high altitudes of 5,000 meters and above, sub-zero temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celsius, and desert environments up to 55 degrees Celsius. The project was structured into five major milestones to ensure timely completion and adherence to quality standards. Despite challenges, including the impact of COVID-19, the first firing of the 1500 HP prototype engine signifies the completion of Generation One, focusing on technology stabilisation.

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As the production of the first generation of engines has already begun, 20 such engines will undergo further trials in the next year. If successful, the engines will be fitted in Indian Army’s armoured vehicles. The project’s Generation Two will involve producing engines for various trials at Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) and integrating them into actual vehicles for user testing. The project is slated for completion by mid-2025.

Highlighting the achievement, CMD of BEML Shantanu Roy stated that it solidifies BEML’s position as a key contributor to defence production in India and also underscores the company’s commitment to serving the nation’s defence needs.

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The ‘Wall of Fame’ to honour the extraordinary efforts of the BEML team was inaugurated during the event by Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane. This wall symbolises their significant contribution towards advancing the defence capabilities of the country and achieving milestones in indigenous technological innovation. The ceremony was attended by senior civil and military officers of the Ministry of Defence, industry partners, and officials of BEML Ltd, highlighting the collaborative effort and dedication of all involved in this groundbreaking project.