It is anticipated that this order would be fulfilled by 2025–2026. India is actively looking for new purchasers on the international market to continue producing the MBT, often known as the “hunter-killer.”

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At a daunting 68.25 tonnes, the 124 Arjun MBTs in the Indian Army’s arsenal are among the heaviest tanks in the entire world. In accordance with the terms of the present contract with the OFB, 118 improved Mk-1A variants will be produced.

The first batch of five MBTs is anticipated to be delivered to the army within 30 months after the agreement’s signing in 2021. In order to fully equip two armoured regiments by 2025–2026, 30 MK-1As are thereafter scheduled to be delivered each year until the remaining 113 platforms are transferred.

“India’s Main Battle Tank (MBT) investment is luring prospective customers from Africa. The production line is successfully being maintained, a defence official said. Arjun tanks are currently only employed in Rajasthan, a desert region of India.

A 62-ton behemoth called the Arjun MK-1 is equipped with a 120-millimeter gun, improved composite armour, a turbocharged engine with 1,400 horsepower, and cutting-edge fire control and thermal sights. Western design elements were used by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) when creating the Arjun tanks, especially the substantial armoured protection.

With the introduction of Arjun tanks, India has joined the elite group of ten countries that have independently produced their main battle tanks. The US, Israel, the UK, France, Germany, South Korea, Russia, Japan, and China are members of this exclusive club.

The Indian tank offers an affordable and superior alternative for African countries in need of armoured tanks. Russia has always been Africa’s top defence provider. The prolonged confrontation between Russia and Ukraine has created a void in the market, nevertheless.

According to a Tactical Report, the Kingdom of Bahrain is also interested in purchasing the 120mm Arjun MK-II model with Israeli ALWACS.

The Indian Army tested the Arjun and imported Russian T-90 tanks side by side in April 2010, according to a damning study by the country’s comptroller and auditor general (CAG), which was given to the Indian Parliament in 2014. The research emphasised that the Arjun did better than the T-90 in a number of areas despite having stricter criteria than the T-90. Four main criteria—firepower, survivability, reliability, and other issues—were used to judge the trials.

Many African countries keep sizable tank fleets. For instance, according to reports, Egypt is the country with the most tanks (4,295), followed by Algeria (1,195) and Sudan (465). An average of 166.5 battle tanks are kept in service by African nations.

India is actively pursuing the African defence sector as part of a larger strategic plan to balance China’s expanding sway over the region.

The Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun weighs 62.5 tonnes, 62.5 tonnes, and 67.5 tonnes, respectively, matching the Challenger 2 of the UK, the Leopard 2A6M of Canada, and the Abrams M1A1 of the US in terms of weight. These calculations account for the 75 tonnes of battle readiness.

The locally developed composite blend Kanchan armour, which gives the tank its enormous weight and formidable defence, was included into the 1970s Arjun tank project. The trade-off for this improved protection is a reduction in tactical and operational mobility. A 1,400-horsepower water-cooled diesel engine produced in Germany by MTU powers the tank. The weight-to-horsepower ratio is 22.5 to 1.

Although the Arjun was initially intended to replace the Soviet-built T-72 tanks, its weight and the incompatibility with the Western sector’s infrastructure have stopped the Indian Army from acquiring more of them.


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