Bangalore –brewn technology flows into India’s Main Battle Tank Arjun

Bangalore, March 12, 2012: Leading global IT services and solutions company, ITC Infotech, has successfully completed the first phase of a Project Lifecycle Management system for the Avadi ( near Chennai)-based Defence R&D unit -- for Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment . CVRDE is the nodal agency for the successful development of India’s indigenous Main Battle Tank, Arjun.
The CVRDE PLM implementation is the largest PLM project for DRDO laboratory in India with a user base of 200. The PLM implementation project will involve interacting with 25 different divisions within CVRDE and designing and deploying a harmonious new product development process across CVRDE. The ITC implementation is based on PTC’s Windchill solution .

Says P Sivakumar, Director, CVRDE said, “Phase 1 of the implementation has gone live, marking a major milestone for us. We are very impressed with the speed at which ITC Infotech has executed the project, and look forward to their support in making this PLM implementation a huge success.”

Adds Ashwani Maheshwari, CEO – India Business, ITC Infotech: “We are extremely pleased that the DRDO’s project has gone live in record time. We have leveraged on our vast experience in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and in-depth domain knowledge to successfully reduce CVRDE’s design and development cycle time, while also improving the quality of design output and minimizing efforts in Transfer of Technology (TOT) process.”

Auto video tracker for Arjun tank
Bangalore Mirror reported on March 12 that local product designer Deepti Electronics and Electro-Optics ( Delopt) has developed a video based automated target tracking system for Arjun -- a retro fit that will replace the currently used manual thermal imaging system.
The paper quotes M R Sheshadri, director of Delopt, and a former defence scientist: Arjun tanks are currently fitted with a manual thermal imager produced by a French company. It requires the navigator to constantly keep an eye on either the monitor or the view finder to locate enemy targets — a difficult process as both are on the move.
“By the time the information is passed on to the gunner, the target would have escaped”. With the thermal imager, the navigator can only track the enemy, but he cannot lock on to it for that perfect strike.” Considering these drawbacks, the DRDO had called for tenders inviting firms to devise and manufacture a mechanism that would lock on to a target irrespective of its speed and location.
The Delopt tracker collects intelligence inputs like location, distance, range etc and in less than a few milliseconds output is sent to the gunner who then fires a missile to destroy the target. It has zero error.
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