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India’s Arjun Mk II Main Battle Tank

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India's Arjun Mk II Main Battle Tank

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The Arjun Mk II or Mk 1A is a new generation of main battle tank (MBT) designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India.

The Arjun Mk II was unveiled for the first time to the public during a military parade for the National Day in New Delhi on 26 January, 2014. It’s been in development since 2012.

The state-of-the-art ARJUN Main Battle Tank Mk II has been designed and developed by DRDO by incorporating numerous improvements over and above the ARJUN MBT Mk I which is already in service with the Indian Army.

It has outclassed the T-90 during comparative trials.

Regarding the trials, a Ministry of Defence press release reported:

“After many years of trial and tribulation it has now proved its worth by its superb performance under various circumstances, such as driving cross-country over rugged sand dunes, detecting, observing and quickly engaging targets, accurately hitting targets – both stationary and moving, with pin pointed accuracy. Its superior fire-power is based on accurate and quick target acquisition capability during day and night in all types of weather and shortest possible reaction time during combat engagements”.

The Fire control system of the new tank has a hit probability over 90%, when firing on the move.

The new tank also has improved communication systems and new navigation system.

Compared to the initial Arjun tank, the Mk 2 has a total of 93 upgrades, including 13 major improvements.

The major upgrades are missile-firing capability against long-range targets, panoramic sight with night vision to engage targets effectively at night, containerisation of the ammunition, enhanced main weapon penetration; additional ammunition types, explosive reactive armour, an advanced air-defence gun to engage helicopters; a mine plough, an advanced land navigation system and a warning system which can fire smoke grenades to confuse laser guidance.

India's Arjun Mk II Main Battle Tank

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In August 2014, India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) renewed a Rs 66 billion clearance for 118 Arjun Mark II tanks. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had already cleared 118 Arjun Mark IIs.

In an interview emerged in January 2020, army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane told that the tank meets operational requirements and induction is scheduled for 2026–27.

The main armament of the Arjun Mk II or Mk 1A main battle tank comprises a 120mm rifled gun fitted with a thermal sleeve, fume extractor, and a muzzle reference system.

The gun is able to fire a full range of ammunitions including FSAPDS (Fin Stabilized Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot), HESH (High-Explosive Squash Head), PCB, TB and the Israeli LAser Homing Anti-Tank (LAHAT) missile.

The Laser Homing Attack Missile, or LAHAT, is an advanced missile developed and manufactured by the MBT Division of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The missile uses a tandem warhead which is capable of defeating all types of modern armour, including add-on reactive armour.

The Arjun Mk II can carry a total of 39 rounds in special blast-proof canisters. A 7.62 mm MAG machine gun is mounted coaxially to the main armament.

A Remote-Controlled Weapon Station is mounted on the top of the turret armed with a 12.7mm NSVT machine gun.

This type of turret enhances crew survivability by enabling firing of the anti-aircraft gun in hatch closed mode during day and night.

The vehicle is also fitted with a bank of eight 81 mm grenade launchers mounted on each side at the rear part of the turret.

The Arjun MK II or Mk 1A is motorized with a German 10-cylinder, V-90 turbo charged, charge cooled, water cooled diesel engine developing 1030 kW at 2,400 rpm.

The Arjun Mk II is equipped with epicyclic transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter, mechanical lock up clutch and hydrodynamic retarder with 4 forward and 2 reverse gears. The tank can run at maximum road speed of 58 km/h and 40 km/h in cross country with a maximum cruising range of 500 km.

The Arjun Mk II or Mk 1A is fitted with a computerized day/thermal fire control system and a new panoramic sighting system for the commander is mounted right side of the turret roof.

The system includes a laser range finder and has hunter-killer capability.

The gunner sight is fitted with an automatic target tracker which greatly enhances the speed and accurate target engagement capability of the tank.

To increase the self-protection of the Arjun Mk-II, a laser warning and countermeasure system (ALWACS) developed in collaboration with the Israeli Company Elbit Systems is mounted on each side of the turret.

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Paul

At last we are developing our own weapons.Our corrupt politicians never let this happen.After Modi got elected , everything is changing and we are on a right track!

<>

Cool MBT bro, much better than the Chinese junk. I hope we sell you our Trophy protection system which we have on our MK4 so it can save your troops. India will show the Chinese and Paki bastards who is the King of Asia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VrAUTP6rTg

Lone Ranger

Sthora and Afghanit are better.
Good morning by the way :)

<>

Both are good, as long as it can save lives.
Good morning too xD

Paul

Yes.Israel has helped us a lit.Our earlier politicians were idiots and kept Israel at a hands distance.Israel is also training our police force.

<>

Nice to know, do Indian Muslims make riots? or are they calm?

Paul

For now those assholes are calm.But they create trouble now and then.A final plan is being made to expel all these muslim terrorists to pakistan.Hope they are thrown out of India!

<>

I read Modi stopped giving citizenships to Bangaldeshis and other Muslims. A good decision! you have like 220M right now.

Paul

Yup.Citizenship is only there for non muslims which is a welcome move.The next move is going to be expelling all illegal muslim migrants to bangladesh and Pakistan.
Btw I read that Muslims are going to be 25 percent of Israel’s population.Be safe as they create a lot of problem once they become 20 percent

<>

They are 20% at the moment, but I don’t see them becoming 25% as overall Jews are making more babies than them and we are 76%. The other 4% are people without religion.

Paul

If I was an Israeli prime minister, I would start expelling them.Better late than ever.Dont let the gulf Arabs dictate you on your internal affairs as well.The gulf Arabs have a habit of exporting islamic terrorism!I would say just use those arab assholes and throw them later once you achieve your goals

Rafik Chauhan

idiot first become and labourer then talk about becoming teacher. forget of PM

occupybacon

That’s what EU should do though

Rafik Chauhan

go tell your father to show his and yours birth certificate first. or sorry i forget you dont even know how many fathers name is written on birth certificate of yours.

Vox Populi

Israel like India is untenable with extremist Zionist policies and now with the introduction of more Arab embassies like UAE etc will worsen its demise as committing crimes against Palestinians will be more difficult. Many progressive Jews have logged petitions in the courts against Israeli training of India’s primitive and savage police.

A petition filed in Israel’s top court seeks to prevent the training of Indian officers accused of Kashmir abuses. Israeli military and Shin Beth have been training in largely uneducated Indian police and military in torture and indiscriminate violence against unarmed civilians based on the Palestine repression model.

Rafik Chauhan

Modi is confused and dont know what to do. you and that bastard paul whos mother is selling herself to zionist. knows only kids talk. look like your brain is zombie keep shouting one thing . kill muslim kill muslim. hahaha . zionist and israeli will be wiped out its the prophecy to come soon.

<>

No need for threats Rafik, when does Nasrallah respond? I’m waiting.

Vox Populi

You are another childish fool who posts for attention from your parents basement, if they have one.

Rafik Chauhan

its not threat its reality. by the way when is your mama boys are coming out from the rat hole . they have been hiding for almost 2 months now. . Dont worry about hezbollah retalitiation , they have already got 80% by making this cowards go into hiding . rem aining 20 % soon you will see . tell that IDF mama boy to stop using decoy and come out of the but hole of Mama .

Vox Populi

Modi is a product of US and general western support for extremists who promote Islamophobia. Modi is an illiterate tea stall keeper who was brought from obscurity to promote a Islamophobic and Sinophobic propagandanist agenda, but has failed the teeming poverty stricken masses of India who are now in far worse shape. The hapless Hindu extremism is sowing the seeds of India’s destruction as its recent humiliation at Chinese hands amply demonstrated.

Rafik Chauhan

Muslim of india has put dick in you sis and mom thats why you are shouting to mush. and keep dreaming of expelling muslim unless you want civil war and india to be destroyed or parttion again. your zion master who is talking to much can even get rid of palestine and hizbullah fighter for many decades.

Paul

Teri maa ki Chut bhosdike Shia

Rafik Chauhan

Lagta hai teri ma aur teri behan ko koi customer nahi mila isliye angry man ban raha hai. hahahah

Paul

Tu chup baith mutah ki paidaish

Rafik Chauhan

dirty pigs ki paidaish . pig kha ke tera demag pig ki terah dirty hogaya hai.

Rafik Chauhan

plan your and that zion ass to get wipped soon you khazar thiefs. will be wiped soon battle of khayber part 2 is coming which will be then end of all son of marhab.

Paul

Yawn.Uncle stop your Shia fantasy stories

Vox Populi

You are a very ignorant hatefilled ignoramus and typical of complex ridden Hindus, I have come across in the west. Just stick to Bollywood song and dance and leave military topics to adults.

Jimmy Jim

GAS THE KIKERS!

Vox Populi

Your fake western charity state is also headed for a Palestinian and Muslim majority in less than 2 decades if it survives.

Vox Populi

Don’t know who you are? or what your senseless infantile propaganda is, but the sad reality is that India is a dirt poor failed state run by Hindu extremists who are alienating large populations of Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and other Hindus like the Dalits and “lower castes”. Millions of Indians now have contracted the Covid 19 and the country lacks even basic hygienic sanitation or clean water and almost a billion people defecate in the streets and you post this nonsense rather than promote peace and economic development. India is no match for China and wasting billions of junk tanks geared for WW1 is a disgrace, the money wasted on these hand rigged third rate weapons could have provided the sub-human population with mere basic living conditions. Indian extremist Hindu obsession with China and Muslims is laughable as India’s largest trading partner is China and the biggest investors are Arabs, particularly Saudis and UAE. Meanwhile in the adult world as even the recent IMF report on global economic activity details.

China’s industrial profits grow 19.1% year-on-year in August as economy booms

Profits at China’s industrial firms grew 19.1% year-on-year in August to 612.81
billion yuan, the statistics bureau said on Sunday, as the vast
manufacturing sector extended its rapid recovery from heavy coronavirus
shutdowns earlier this year. China’s gigantic economy has surpassed the US and is growing at the fastest rate since global economic statistics included China in their forecasts in 1982.

That compares with a 19.6% increase in July and is the fourth straight month of profit growth.

For January-August, industrial firms’ profits fell 4.4% from a year earlier
to 3.72 trillion yuan, better than the 8.1% decrease in the first seven
months

d'Artagnan

You are a funny delusional brat. China is the only superpower left.

Lone Ranger

And Russia.

Антон С

Oh yes, how could we forget about it?)

Lone Ranger

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guest

Russia is weak and has a smaller economy than Italy. So not much of a power.

Lone Ranger

Swap Russia with the U.S. and its legit.;)

HiaNd

Trophy protection is just bad attempt to copy Russians
India is not ‘king” even within her own borders . They have too much problems with terrorism. India is not match for China from any angle including military.

guest

Really cool:

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Vox Populi

India is disgrace at all levels. Wasting billions on weapons while its people live worse than street dogs. It is shameful.

HiaNd

Arjun is even bigger crap than your light jet, even though you have all main components bought, imported because not capable to produce them.
Arjun is so “good” that you can’t have enough of Bhishma license produced T-90 and T-90MS

John

Corrupt politicians are everywhere not only in your country.

guest

India ranks as the most corrupt state along with its nemesis Pakistan.

Антон С

The most corrupt countries in the world is the countries with money printing press. More money = more corruption. You can find names of these states after looking at their debts size.

d'Artagnan

India is a economic and health disaster, largely thanks to Modi. The Arjun was dubbed Arjunk by most military analysts as it is a fiasco. The only worthwhile tank in Indian armory is the Russian T-90, several hundred of which have been ordered again. India lacks the technical and metal fabrication base to fully develop a tank. Even basic textiles and shoes from India are very poor quality and tend to fall apart after a few days. Even Bangladesh has now cornered the garment market.

guest

Poverty in India at its worst since partition 1947.

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Антон С

Reminds me Skid Row in Los-Angeles. We all know that India is full of poor people, so what? The country is developing rapidly, 6% of annual GPD growth for last 20 years. GDP PPP is more that Japan has.

cechas vodobenikov

this is not true; India has made great strides in the past 20 years to reduce poverty

Lone Ranger

T-90 copy.
Outclassed at what?
Weight and price?

SnowCatzor

Probably only against India’s older T-90A models. And probably only when the Arjun actually works.

Антон С

Correction: domestic variant of MBT-70: “Leopard-2”, M1, K1 and K2, japanese types + “Arjun”, the warrior from the hinduist epos “Mahabharata”. Weigh is 55 or 58 tons in basic completion (mark I). Mark II weights 10 tins more. Price is more than price of T-90S, because no serial production.

Vox Populi

As some have pointed out, India is not capable of mass production as its lacks the technical base. All its expensive projects are just cosmetic for domestic consumption for an starving illiterate population. The Tejas light trainer never got off the ground in 40 years and the Arjun, aptly nick named ARJUNK has been on the drawing board for 30 years and the characteristics of a British WW2 Crusader tank. It would not stand a chance against modern Chinese tanks and ATGM. India’s largely cannon fodder military is basically a colonial relic and its abysmal performance against China in recent months has exposed its dire straits. India’s officer corps is largely illiterate as well as it tried to deploy the excellent Russian T-90 in Lakadkh at high altitudes on narrow dirt tracks and many fell into ravines. India is a delusional patsy for the west in its Sinophobia.

Антон С

“Tejas” is already in service. You are underestimating indian army, they have hundreds of Su-30 and T-90, good fleet (which is bigger than english) and nuclear weapon. They are trying to built own nuclear submarines: attacking and with long range missiles. So it’s not easy opponent for any state.

HiaNd

This guy is ignorant big mouthed anti Russian c u n t Anton..
Known as “Lux Veritas” before he and his Sunni terrorist brother Zionism=EVIL were champions in loving Erdogan and Turkey and spitting on Putin and Russia

SnowCatzor

Meh, I’d take a T-90MS over this any day.

Vox Populi

Russians since the legendary T-34 have the most experience in developing and fielding MBT. The current generation of T-90 and Armata are on the top of the food chain. The Chinese and Iranians are not that far behind in armored warfare developments. The recent Kavkaz exercises with China and Iran among many others has provided Russia and its allies new insights into armored warfare and MBT utilization.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yeqq6LTY4Q

Samuel Vanguard

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NO tank can outrival this baby

HiaNd

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alejandro casalegno

the last photo is a toy……the first not.

HiaNd

I know but other photos didn’t look good visually so I took that one
search; “destroyed Merkava” plenty of photos

Антон С

You clearly know that it’s not true, because it’s 3rd generation tank. But there is one tank of 4th generation. 4th is better than 3rd, obvious fact.

catalin zt

This israHelly baby of Satan….

Антон С

“It has outclassed the T-90 during comparative trials.”

I remember this, after that they ordered even more of T-90S. Indians loves to brag about their achievements almost like Trump. As I said once to my indian pal – please, be a bit more modest.)

Nexusfast123

Indians are pain. I avoid them.

guest

Indians are filthy and worse than sewage.

igybundy

It has to do with cost, The T90 costs like 50% less.. Remember the electronics an optics etc are all imported.. I think even the engine is Russian.. So many foreign parts that just that ends up costing more than the T90..

RichardD

It must be a very good tank if it’s better than a T-90.

cechas vodobenikov

tanks can be neutralized —many nations produce competent tanks. likely this is one of many

Assad must stay

has any country developed something like a mammoth tank yet? from command and conquer tiberium wars lol you could install a railgun on it

Assad must stay

That can’t be real

Антон С

Another not real model is “Iron kaput” from comedy video-journal “Calambur” (pun).

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The commander – herr major baron von Schwalzkopf XIIcomment image?ava=1

HiaNd

That was project…Why can’t be real? Engines? It would be very slow tank if ever built…”Maus” was real (see Antons photo with soldier near the tank)

Антон С

Both are not real. German built 200-ton “Maus” (mouse).
http://warwall.ru/_ph/1/16426850.jpg

The biggest tank of Stalin’s era is IS-7 – 68 tons.
http://history-doc.ru/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2-35.jpg

HiaNd

I know about Mouse. But it was prototype only ….even though Germans would even continue in production if they only could (it was too late already)
Thanks for IS-7 I didn’t know that!

What was the name of that MONSTER tank with 10 or maybe even 15 turrets that was built by Stalin that was …used in early days of war …that was damaged even exploded so they gave up on producing it luckily?

Антон С

The tank with 5 turrets is T-35.
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HiaNd

No I have seen that one..The one I was talking about had multiple tracks (not only 2) and had (I don’t know how many but plenty of turrets more than 5 at least… and plenty of canons from all sides)
I saw it as illustration – and it was explained that it was built in 1940 I think and that was damaged somehow (in battle?) and that it had exploded… ( I do not remember any longer details)

Антон С

I know about the tank with 4 tracks, but it has 1 big turret.comment image

alejandro casalegno

From the rifles to tanks, the indian made weapons are a joke………..if the Arjun is so good………why they buy T-90 and modernized T-72??????????????????????

HiaNd

modernized T-72 because they have plenty of T-72 to upgrade an T-90MS because it is better tank than Arjun price-performance ratio, and they license produce it themselves which is very important for them

Robot

It’s ok be racist against indians here?

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