Why doesn't India mass produce Arjun t ks?
Ashutosh Narayan Singh
Although DRDO has developed two versions of Main Battle Tank Arjun - Mk I and Mk II, its main pential user Indian Army is far from satisfied with them. They have ordered only 242 Arjuns - 124 MK I and 118 MK II ag inst DRDO's request for a minimum 500 orders. So, for whom will India mass produce the t ks? Let the army place larger orders.
虽然印度国防研究发展组织已经研发出了两款阿琼主战，分别是 Mk I 和 Mk II
Chaitanya Shirish Chakradeo
Mass produce for what????
Arjun is not a Bajaj Pulser or even a Mercedes.
Builing a t k is complicated and hell lot expensive than the costliest commercial veh.
Idea of mass production is when there is a demand of that sort.
Mass production involves production in lakhs.
World’s largest army PLA () has about 8000 t ks.
So now do you think there is a demand for Arjun of that sort to even invest for mass production.
Even India doesn't require that many t k pieces.
Now take your call.
Rishikesh Patil, Defence Tech Buff
The Indian Army has procured around 250 Arjun MK1 and 120 MK2, but these numbers are not on par with the number of T-90 and T-72, both around 3000, ordered from Russia.
Arjun MK1 was inducted into service in 2004. Arjun MK2 was designed with a total of 73 improvement over MK1. But this led to increase in weight of MK2 by over 6 tonnes. Due to this excess weight, the MK2 can only be operated in semi-arid or desert area of West India. It cannot operate with its full pential in urban warfare, heavily forested area and mountainous terrians. The weight of MK2 also restricts itself to be airlift to North East Frontier ag inst . It cannot be transported via Air or Rail in large numbers, which is a major tactical disadvantage. Moreover, India have poor road infrastructure along North East Frontier with .
Since Army now has demanded to reduce the weight of MK2, DRDO will have to redesigned its turret and hull and will have to use new composite materials. After all these improvements are introduced in MK2, Army will conduct trials for the t k. All this will take about 4-6 years.
Further, to add salt to the injuries, Arjun MK1 is not in service since 2013 because of unavailability of spare parts. Mk1 imports almost 70% of its components from foreign vendors. Due delays in deals with these vendors, Arjun MK1 fleet is grounded and not going to be revived any time sooner.
The main reasons behind the unsuccessful induction of Arjun is the continuous changing of requirements from the Army for the MBT. Due to this it took more time for the DRDO to design the t k, with new specifications given by the army every time the t k reaches trials. Other major reason is failure to increase the indigenous production of spare parts for the t k. Indian Defense Ministry failed to sign deals with foreign vendors to provide spare parts and components for the MBT. Arjun MBT remains one of the many indigenous defense products, which failed to find a significant place in the force.