Saturday, June 05, 2010

The Arjun MBT's Final Trial By Fire Detailed

The photo of Arjun MBTs above and the following detailed account appears in the latest DRDO newsletter: Comparative trials between MBT Arjun and T-90 tanks were held during 15 February to 12 March 2010, to evaluate the utilisation strategy by the Indian Army. The evaluation parameters were firepower, mobility, maintainability and medium fording. The trials were conducted in four phases.

Phase I: This was conducted at 180 Armoured Brigade, Bikaner. Acceleration, turning radius, stab performance, ergonomics, static fuel consumption, and serviceability and mean time to repair were checked for various subsystems of the tanks. Phase II: This was conducted at Hisar, Haryana. Check was made for medium fording capability. Phase III: This was conducted at Mahajan Ranges, Rajasthan. Bridge crossing, night driving, maximum speed on cross-country and on hard ground, tilt driving, firing of primary and secondary ammunition, firing at night with thermal imagers (TI), consistency, rate of fire, thermal signature, TI capability and firing of small arms and Air Defence (AD) Gun were compared. In this phase, approximately 100 rounds were fired and 150 km of mobility run was completed by each of the 14 MBT Arjun tanks. Phase IV:This was conducted at Ranjitpura, Rajasthan. Mobility in the desert and tactical cruising range were evaluated by running three tanks each for additional 150 km. MBT Arjun displayed its capabilities and successfully passed all the trials.

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6 comments :

Daanish said...

They are both good tanks the are based on markedly different doctrine's of war. One is based on a tank that is more suited for a defensive war and the other suited for an offensive war with emphases on manoeuver.The best application of a large combined force would be to play on the strengths of both designs, this would make a single tactic ineffective and thus defense much harder against combined thrusts of such a nature.

Anonymous said...

Good Video,guy at coachin must watch it before bulding Indian Aircraft carrier:=
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVMffb4_Ntw

ராஜ் said...

"MBT Arjun displayed its capabilities and successfully passed all the trials."

--> Meaning the Arjun was found to be better than the T-90 or atleast equal to T-90?

Chandan said...

A resolution pic would have made my day !!!

Ra said...

Congratulations to Arjun MBT and to all whosoever takes the credit for it.

praneet said...

Why is the Indian Army not ordering more Arjun tanks considering they blasted the t90s in the trials?