JAISALMER: The indigenously-built Arjun tank will be formally inducted into 75 Armoured Regiment on Saturday. A programme will be held where the Arjun tank will replace Tank-55.
South Zone's General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt General S.K.Singh will be chief guest. The delays and failures in its development from 1990 to 2000 prompted the Indian Army to order vast number of T-90 tanks from Russia to meet the defence needs.
The tank comes with a 120 mm main rifled gun with indigenously developed APFSDS ammunition, a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun, and a 12.7 mm machine gun. It is powered by a single MTU multi-fuel diesel engine rated at 1,400 hp, and can achieve a maximum speed of 70 km/hr (43 mph) and a cross-country speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). It has a four-man crew: commander, gunner, loader and driver.
Automatic fire detection and suppression, and NBC protection systems are provided. All-round anti-tank warhead protection by the newly developed Kanchan armour is claimed to be much higher than available in present third generation tanks.
Earlier, in March 2010, the Arjun was pitted against the T-90 in comparative trials and performed well. Subsequently, the Army placed an order for an additional 124 tanks on May 17, 2010.
Arjun set for formal induction into Army - The Times of India