In a big embarassment, Indian Army rejects indigenous built Main Battle Tank ARJUN
NEW DELHI - India developed a tank for its army to equip them with a new weapon; however, its army already hates the poorly made and overly budgeted ‘Arjun’ Tank.
According to details, following the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971, India decided to build its own main battle tank which would help the country in fighting mainstream wars.
The service date of tank ‘Arjun’ was set for 1985, but it suffered massive delay due to tortuously long development period spanning over two centuries.
Now that the tank has been fully developed and introduced to the Indian Army years later than originally planned, the Army does not like the design and structure at all.
According to the army officials, the development period of Arjun was so long that major design decisions became completely obsolete.
It is reported that in 2009, despite shortcomings revealed in testing, the Indian Army was forced to buy 124 Arjuns. The decision was taken in order to equip two armored regiments.
Two years later, nearly 75 percent of the Arjun force was inoperable due to technical problems. The concerned authorities tried fixing the technical faults but the end result has still not been satisfactory for the Indian Army.
Indian government has blamed Defence Research and Development Organization (DRPO) stating that they could not built Arjun on time which doomed the tank.
Courtesy: Kyle Mizokami, The National Interest