Thakur_B wrote:JayS wrote:There was a Tech Focus issue last year on Composites. IN that there was a section on this composite hull, that picture it from that issue. DRDO claims 40% weight reduction, which is massive. This ICV which is about to be integrated to make the prototypes for testing is 12T class (is this Abhay Mk2..?).
12 ton sounds unrealistic. Kestrel weight is between 18-25 tons depending on the armor modules applied. I am not 100% sure, but iirc it was amphibious till 22 tons. Assuming similar dimensions, prime mover and drivetrain, with composite hull, the IFV can be 2-3 tons lighter, tops. Which could mean amphibious in the most armoured configuration.
Edit: Abhay IFV also weighed 23-25 tons.
I am also perplexted about the weight. Sounds too low. But the tender mentions 12T class. Could be a typo, or could be that they mean something else.