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Prototype infantry fighting vehicle

Abhay IFV

The Abhay is a prototype of India's indigenously developed IFV

Entered service -
Crew 3 men
Personnel 7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 23 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Main gun 40-mm cannon
ATGW Konkurs (AT-5 Spandrel)
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Grenade launcher 1 x 40-mm
Engine TD2V8 diesel
Engine power 550 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 400 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.8 m
Trench ~ 2.2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m


   The Abhay (fearless) is a prototype of India's indigenously developed infantry fighting vehicle. It was developed as a technology demonstrator and incorporates a number of advanced systems. In 2012 Russia proposed to produce their BMP-3 IFV in India under license. However India refused in favor of their indigenous IFV. Currently new infantry fighting vehicle undergoes various tests and in the near future it might become a replacement for the India's ageing BMP-1 and BMP-2 IFVs. Indian Army plans to obtain up to 2 600 new IFVs.

   Turret incorporates a mix of weapons and has an indigenous fire control system. It is fitted with a 40-mm high velocity cannon. It also has a limited capability against low-flying air targets. Abhay carries 210 rounds for the main gun, including APFSDS and HE rounds. It also has a Russian-made Konkurs (Western reporting name AT-5 Spandrel) anti-tank missile launcher located on top of the roof. This anti-tank guided weapon has a maximum range of up to 4 km.

   The Abhay is also fitted with a 7.62-mm machine gun and 40-mm automatic grenade launcher.

   It is believed that the Abhay has the same Kanchan composite armor, found on the Arjun main battle tanks. This armor is broadly similar to British Chobham and offers good protection against various types of weapons, especially high-explosive anti-tank rounds. Front arc provides protection against medium-caliber cannons. All-round protection is against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection system.

   The Abhay infantry fighting vehicle has a crew of three and can accommodate seven fully-equipped soldiers in a spacious combat compartment.

   This IFV is powered by a TD2V8 diesel engine, developing 550 horsepower. The Abhay has a state-of-the-art hydropneumatic suspension system. It seems that in the current form Abhay is not amphibious.


Abhay IFV

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