Russian make tank gifted to Defence department of Pune varsity; heres about it
In what is being considered as a moment of pride for the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies (DDSS) of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), The Indian Army has gifted a a T-55 war tank as war trophy to the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies in Savitribai Phule Pune University.
The T-55 is a Russian make and would installed outside the department as a memorabilia.
Dr Vijay Khare, head of the department, termed it as a rare honour for the department, which he said has had a long association with the Armed Forces of India, especially the Indian Army. A platform has been erected outside the department where the tank would be installed.
A medium main battle tank of Russian origin, T-55 is versatile and boasts of high mobility and power. This class of tanks has been used by various armies all over the world. T-55 saw fierce action in the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971. The tank has main gun of 100mm calibre and weighs 36 tonnes. It can cross water obstacles up to 1.4 metre depth without any preparation.