India received new Arjun tanks, but T-14 could replace them

NEW DELHI, (BM) – The Indian Army received new modernized Arjun Mk-1A tanks, which are locally Indian-made. The event took place at an official reception ceremony for the Indian Army, which the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends.

India fired an unusual guided missile from a tank and bothered China
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The modernized Arjun Mk-1A tank now has an entirely new transmission and fire control system, a 120 mm rifled cannon. The new fire control system allows the Arjun Mk-1A to fire at ground targets and some air targets. The system is basing on a computer configuration that stabilizes the firing and “catches” the target even while driving the armored vehicle.

Local experts doubt the capabilities of the Arjun Mk-1A

Local military experts have doubts about the effectiveness of the new upgraded Arjun Mk-1A tank. According to them, the tank is suitable for battle at low altitudes. However, if used on high-altitude terrain, the tank will not be able to cope with the tasks.

Such detail is essential for India. Its dispute with Pakistan and China is high in the mountains. For example, the conflict with China arose in the mountainous region of Aksaichin.

The Indian experts haven’t spared critics about the new tank. Some go to extremes, claiming that upgrading and upgrading the Arjun Mk-1A’s capabilities is entirely pointless.

A chance for the Russian T-14 Armata

Russia did not miss the criticism of Indian military analysts and experts. Moscow even saw an opportunity to recall that Russia currently has the best tank in the world of the next generation – fabricated, tested, and put into series production.

T-14 Armata vs. M1A Abrams: the Russian Tank Takes an Advantage
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These “rumors” is not the first time the T-14 Armata has offered as an option for the Indian Army. In the middle of last year, information emerged that India was ready to buy a massive amount of T-14 Armata to replace the existing T-72 tank, which is in service with the Indian Army. The quantities cited at the time were so large that there was talk of an impact on international markets for this type of heavy attacking armored vehicle.

India needs a tank capable of facing an enemy on a high-altitude battlefield. Currently, the only T-72 can easily accomplish this mission.

“Made in India” can solve a double problem

The Indian government’s program to start offering and using India’s products can solve a double problem.

The Russians still have no real orders for their T-14 Armata tank. However, if India decides to upgrade its tank armada with this new Russian tank, it means moving part of India’s production. This action will not be a novelty, as Russia and India are in excellent cooperation in the military industry.

The BrahMos subsonic missile is made jointly by Russia and India and the Su-30MK fighter, designed for the Indian Air Force. So, a possible order for the T-14 Armata, which could be 1,400 tanks according to some rumors, would solve these two problems – Russia’s first customer for their new tank and Indian production with new jobs and increased economic performance households.

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