Improved home-grown Arjun tanks still await Army order
NEW DELHI:`Arjun’ may have ultimately vanquished `Bhishma’ in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, but the Army still does not have faith in the former. The 13-lakh force continues to drag its feet in approving the long-pending order for 118 `improved’ Arjun Mark-1A main-battle tanks.
The DRDO, however, is confident that the Rs 6,400 crore indent to produce the indigenous tanks will be placed on the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) at Avadi before this fiscal ends on March 31.
The mood is buoyant after PM Narendra Modi took a ride on the Arjun in Jaisalmer last month. “The Mark-1A tanks have better firepower, mobility, protection and endurance than the first 124 Arjuns inducted by the Army over a decade ago. As per HVF, each Mark-1A tank will cost Rs 54 crore,” said a defence scientist.
But the Army is not convinced yet. The force continues to bank upon the Russian-origin T-90S tanks, christened `Bhishma’, for its “shock and awe” capabilities on the western front.
In November 2019, another Rs 20,000 crore indent was placed on HVF for 464 more upgraded T-90S tanks to add to the 1,193 such tanks already inducted. After the first 657 T-90S tanks were imported for Rs 8,525 crore from 2001 onwards, the next 1,000 are being licensed produced by HVF with Russian kits.
Arjun has been a long running feud between the Army and DRDO. The force contends the “extra-heavy” Arjun Mark-1 tanks (62.5-tonne as compared to 46.5-tonne T-90S tank) is plagued by “maintenance, sustenance and ammunition issues”.
軍方和國防研究與發展組織（DRDO）一直就阿瓊爭論不休。軍方稱，“超重”的阿瓊Mark-1 坦克重62.5噸，飽受“維護、補給和彈藥問題”的困擾。而T -90坦克重46.5噸的。
The DRDO, however, says “all maintenance, spares and other issues” have now been resolved for the first 124 tanks. Moreover, there are 14 major and 58 minor “improvements” or capability-enhancements on the Mark-1A tanks to meet the Army’s requirements.
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Army may not show interest as the kick backs for babus come only from foreign entities.
Since childhood have been hearing about Tejas and Arjun
The decision to procure arms should lie with the persons who are experts in the fields and certainly not the bureaucrats sitting only in the desk; this is India's defense and there must not be any lacuna
India has to do a lot more to make its "Make in India" mission successful.
Army do not want to spend on third generation battle Tank full of glitches. It wants fifth generation Tank - sleek and equipped with deadly arsenals.
this tank is not upto the mark given the new anti tank missiles. may be made for 70's or 80's. anyway feku is taking the nation backwards day by day.
There should be good coordination between the Army and the DRDO to introduce more 'Made in India' products.
India made Arjun tank is an over weighted white elephant good for zoos.
It shows again that Feku, aka Surrender Modi, has failed on each and every aspect. Our Army knows very well that the Arjun MBT project is nothing but a total failure. Arjun is outdated even before it entered service.
Improve the technology and dont expect the forces to compromise on quality. If DRDO cannot produce quality tanks, let the private sector compete.
Not clear if additional 6 Tons weight is in addition to the already very heavy 62.5 Tons of existing variant. That would be the heaviest tank in the world by a huge margin. What happens to mobility with that kind of weight.
Last year there was a military drill/race of tanks of the Russian bloc countries and India and China also participated in it... Indian tanks could'nt even cross the finish line... Improved tanks!!! Our Army needs the best of the best and not some Junk which cannot even survive a Tank race/drill.
Why go nment is not trying to sell these tanks to African Countries as they can afford it with their limited requirements & low costs?
Who’s the buffoon who wrote this piece. Is he aware what’s required to approve the induction of equipment in the Armed Forces. It has to pass numerous tests. As for DRDO the less the better.
Product has to sell itself on quality parameters.
Otherwise it's a compromise on national security
Reality is no one wants local technology
Not Arjun but call it Arjunk which is closer to reality.