~( Indian Tanker )~

The Arjun (Sanskrit: अर्जुन) is a third generation main battle tank developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), for the Indian Army. The tank is named for Arjun, a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata.

The Arjun features a 120 mm main rifled gun with indigenously developed APFSDS ammunition, one 7.62 mm coaxial 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/h (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 included. All-round anti-tank warhead protection by the newly developed Kanchan armour is claimed to be much higher than available in comparable third generation tanks

 

Type Main battle tank
Place of origin India
Production history
Designer CVRDE, DRDO
Designed March 1974–present
Manufacturer Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi
Unit cost INR17.2 crore (US$2.6 million)
Produced 2004–present
Number built 124 (124 Mk-I and 124 Mk-II ordered)
Variants Tank EX
Specifications
Weight 58.5 tonnes (57.6 long tons; 64.5 short tons)
Length 10.638 metres (34 ft 10.8 in)
Width 3.864 metres (12 ft 8.1 in)
Height 2.32 metres (7 ft 7 in)
Crew 4 (commander, gunner, loader and driver)
Armor steel/composite Kanchan armour.
Main
armament 120 mm rifled tank gun
LAHAT anti-tank missile
HEAT, APFSDS, HESH Rounds
Secondary
armament NSV 12.7mm AA MG
Mag 7.62 mm Tk715 coaxial MG
Engine MTU 838 Ka 501 diesel
1,400 hp (1,040 kW)
Power/weight 23.9hp/tonne,
Transmission Renk epicyclic train gearbox, 4 fwd + 2 rev gears
Suspension hydropneumatic
Ground clearance 0.45 metres (1 ft 6 in)
Fuel capacity 1,610 litres (350 imp gal; 430 US gal)
Operational
range 450 kilometres (280 mi)
Speed 72 km/h (45 mph) Road
40 km/h (25 mph) Cross country

Arjun MBT bump track test.JPG

 

The DRDO, with its Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) as the main laboratory, was tasked to develop the hull, Armour, turret, running gear and gun for the tank, with the power-pack being imported.

 

 

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