The Indian Abhay Infantry Fighting Vehicle (Sanskrit: अभय, “Fearless”) has been developed in India by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
Abhay serves as a pre-technology demonstrator to develop and test technologies that will be used on a futuristic ICV (FICV), which will replace the Indian Army’s BMP-2 vehicles. Abhay ICV has taken best of BMP and western equipment and will be designed for increased firepower.
Abhay features an all-electrical turret drive system and a 40mm high-velocity cannon capable of firing APFSDS and HE rounds.
The anti-air firing range of the 40mm cannon is 4 km and 2.5 km for ground attack. The ICV comes loaded with a total of 210 rounds of ammunition, and its turret, housing a thermal imager using the Catherine FC, also contains a twin-launcher for the Kornet-E ATGM (anti-tank guided missile). The Abhay is operated by a crew of three, and carries seven infantry soldiers.
Abhay is powered by a Greaves Cotton TD2 V8 550 hp diesel engine (a power-to-weight ratio of 24 hp/tonne) and an automatic transmission supplied by L-3 Communications, as well as hydropneumatic suspension.
The Indian Abhay Infantry Fighting Vehicle Specifications
Weight 23 tons
Crew 3 (commander, driver, gunner) and 7 Troops
Armour Kanchan Composite with Optional ERA
Main armament 1x 40 mm Bofors autocannon (210 rounds)
Secondary armament 1x 30 mm automatic Grenade Launcher / 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun / 2x Konkurs-M or MILAN ATGM
Engine 550hp Greaves Cotton TD2V8 diesel engine
Power/weight 24 hp/ton
Transmission Full automatic transmission
Suspension Hydropneumatic suspension
Operational range 400 km
Top Road Speed 70 km/h