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Modernized Indian tank Arjun MK-1A turned out to be the most expensive tank in the world: contract data

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Modernized Indian tank Arjun MK-1A turned out to be the most expensive tank in the world: contract data

Indian army resumes purchases after a certain break tanks Arjun MK-1A. These are 58,5-ton combat vehicles with a 120 mm gun and 4 crew members.


As it became known, the Indian tank units will receive 118 tanks of the modernized Arjun MK-1A, which are assembled at the local defense industry plant in Avadi. The total value of the contract is about Rs 89 billion ($ 1,2 billion). Based on this, you can calculate the price of the Indian main battle tank (MBT). It is about $ 10,1 million. For comparison: this is almost twice the price of the American Abrams and about 15% more expensive than the Korean K2, which was still considered the most expensive tank in the world.

It turns out that now the most expensive tank in the world, based on the contract data provided by the Indian media, is the Indian Arjun MK-1A.

In India itself, this raised many questions. The main question, of course, is related to the reasons why the price of MBT produced in the country has grown so much that it suddenly turned out to be the most expensive tank in the world?

A source for The Hindu newspaper from among the representatives of the country's military department said that the tank has undergone many changes. In particular, it was announced about "solving problems with ammunition", establishing technical support for the Arjun MK-1A MBT at the plant in Jaisalmer.

In total, according to the source, the Indian "Arjun" of the mentioned version received "14 improvements in comparison with the Mk1 version". These improvements were approved by a special commission about 2 years ago. In particular, new elements of electronic control of the combat vehicle have been created, work is underway to introduce the gunner's main sight (GSM) and the tank commander's panoramic sight (CPS). It is added separately that these are "own Indian developments."

The Indian experts also added questions to the manufacturers and the Indian Ministry of Defense who signed the contract with the delivery dates. So, the first five tanks out of the 118 contracted will go to the troops within 2,5 years.

Critics of the contract point out that the price of the tank, which is more than $ 10 million, should include a full arsenal of its ammunition, including ATGM. However, the fact that a certain number of ammunition (in addition to the main ammunition load) is also included in the price of the Arjun MK-1A has not yet been reported.

Recall that earlier the command of the Indian Armed Forces refused to use the Arjun MBT in Ladakh, preferring the T-72 and T-90. The reason was that the Arjun tanks "do not tolerate well" operation in mountainous conditions.
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  1. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 28 December 2020 07: 28
    +4
    Generally an interesting concept. like Tejas. And for all the money and time spent, these are non-localized products that cannot be produced in large volumes and cannot be independently exported.
    1. Civil
      Civil 28 December 2020 07: 42
      +10
      In the countries of the 3rd world - budget cutting is the main means of personal enrichment.
      1. Pereira
        Pereira 28 December 2020 08: 58
        +6
        This is yes. Already in Russia, this is close and understandable.
        1. XXXIII
          XXXIII 28 December 2020 09: 35
          +5
          Quote: Pereira
          This is yes. Already in Russia, this is close and understandable.

          I don’t know who put you downsides, apparently those who don’t remember how the army was robbed, both by its own leadership and politicians. There is nothing to be ashamed of, this mistake must not be repeated in history. All who rob their own army, by the scruff of the neck, into the vestibule.))
          1. Pereira
            Pereira 28 December 2020 11: 03
            +3
            As it turned out, there are many people who consider this a slander.
            If anyone steals, it's only frozen chickens in stores.
      2. XXXIII
        XXXIII 28 December 2020 09: 27
        +2
        Quote: Civil
        In the countries of the 3rd world - budget cutting is the main means of personal enrichment.

        Not that you, it's love and concern for your own army. There, after all, who saws, the military who approve of the actions of the authorities. Full synchronization in actions.))
      3. halpat
        halpat 28 December 2020 12: 51
        +6
        Quote: Civil
        In the countries of the 3rd world - budget cutting is the main means of personal enrichment.

        in everything they take an example from their elder brothers - from the United States, where the budget cut is an order of magnitude higher, it is enough to compare the size of military budgets, this is directly proportional to the cut volume.
        Moreover, in the United States, all attempts to find out where the money from the Pentagon has gone end in failure or an indistinct report, the essence of which is expressed in 4 words "well, I didn't do it."
      4. Alexey RA
        Alexey RA 28 December 2020 15: 13
        +4
        Quote: Civil
        In the countries of the 3rd world - budget cutting is the main means of personal enrichment.

        * Halliburton Corporation looks around frantically, trying to understand - when the United States became a third world country. smile
      5. Simargl
        Simargl 28 December 2020 17: 26
        +3
        Quote: Civil
        In the countries of the 3rd world - budget cutting is the main means of personal enrichment.
        And in the stronghold of democracy it is called lobby and investment attraction.
      6. orionvitt
        orionvitt 29 December 2020 08: 13
        +2
        Quote: Civil
        In the countries of 3 worlds - cutting the budget is the main means of personal enrichment

        Let me tell you a secret that budget cutting is the main means of personal enrichment for officials in all countries of the world. And the richer the country, the greater the bureaucratic appetites. So, the countries of the 3rd world, in comparison with "developed democracies" and are not close. Especially when for some of the "most democratic", it is generally legalized. The main thing is to pay taxes, and it is no longer a cut, but an honest earnings.
    2. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U 28 December 2020 08: 11
      +2
      Quote: Zaurbek
      Generally an interesting concept

      It always seemed that the concept is something hitherto unused, breakthrough, well, or unusual. What's the breakthrough in Arjuna?
      1. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 28 December 2020 08: 19
        +6
        India did not have its own tank - this is the concept of its own tank. And as the modernization of Abrams shows .... live and live with modernization.
        1. Alf
          Alf 28 December 2020 20: 17
          +1
          Quote: Zaurbek
          India did not have its own tank - this is the concept of its own tank.

      2. Asadbek
        Asadbek 28 December 2020 08: 57
        +3
        The most important breakthrough in this tank is probably its price.
        1. Vladimir_2U
          Vladimir_2U 28 December 2020 09: 06
          0
          Quote: Asadbek
          The most important breakthrough in this tank is probably its price.

          Golden words! laughing
      3. XXXIII
        XXXIII 28 December 2020 09: 30
        +1
        Quote: Vladimir_2U
        Quote: Zaurbek
        Generally an interesting concept

        It always seemed that the concept is something hitherto unused, breakthrough, well, or unusual. What's the breakthrough in Arjuna?

        Well, let's say the price has risen, a breakout, a breakout.))
      4. Alf
        Alf 28 December 2020 20: 15
        +1
        Quote: Vladimir_2U
        What's the breakthrough in Arjuna?

        Price.
    3. vkl.47
      vkl.47 28 December 2020 09: 58
      +3
      Mountain conditions say they do not tolerate ... a SUV tank ?!
  2. Magic archer
    Magic archer 28 December 2020 07: 28
    +3
    Apparently someone will get kickbacks) too inadequate price tag for not the most advanced tank. It was easier to immediately buy a license for Leo from the Germans and not fence a garden, although ... You can't forbid living richly)
    1. armannu
      armannu 28 December 2020 07: 51
      +10
      Simpler doesn't mean better.
      Own industry subscription is required.
      The myth of "postindustriality" has burst safely.
      1. Magic archer
        Magic archer 28 December 2020 07: 55
        +2
        Well, then on the basis of other people's developments, then do their own. How the Chinese did it. By purchasing equipment and technologies and unceremoniously copying. At the moment, they have already begun to make their own. And the Indians, except for long-term construction, can do nothing. The same Tejas has been trying to finish it for almost 40 years. Although with the involvement of specialists from the west, one could already have it in service, and for a long time hi
        1. Zaurbek
          Zaurbek 28 December 2020 08: 20
          +4
          There are different ways. Chinese 70s or Soviet 30s is one of them.
    2. Evil Booth
      Evil Booth 28 December 2020 09: 49
      -4
      the leop has a hole in the forehead and half of the roof and the weight is greater. and ofz in bk dumb so .. aka mine crackers 76mm. Can you find the picture yourself? moreover, at an angle so that it is clear how they did not fall into the partial thickness.
      1. A009
        A009 28 December 2020 14: 01
        +3
        Nothing is clear. What did you want to write?
        1. Evil Booth
          Evil Booth 28 December 2020 20: 09
          0
          judging by your question in tanks you are like me reptilians.

          is it easier? leo forehead solid hole
          armor in front on the left to the right, then there is a mask of a gun from a sight, then thin lsoi between them in which, hitting from 99% of the direction will not get 700 armor in 350))) at an angle through a hole, then armor then into another hole))) side of the tower from half a cross T90) and they are 50mm cardboard there like.
      2. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 29 December 2020 04: 44
        0
        Leo got OFZ in BC.
        1. Evil Booth
          Evil Booth 29 December 2020 10: 24
          0
          and now add the skoka in that OFZ of and Z and the mass finally ... otherwise it will turn out to be KUOS Abrams)) and then if they are, then now Leo will vomit like a tuz with the defeat of this craton weighing 65 tons, pogglim poked into the famous psychopath Andyusha on a couple with a thrash of 2 liars (the latter is good because for 30 years psial about the shortcomings of contact 1, requiring the plate to be made * 2, but the fact that contact 5 was just done he never noticed). https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/andrei_bt/18425682/65821/65821_600.jpg this YOUR OFZ ... there are a little more fragments than in an F1 grenade and they will all fly in one direction in a sector with an angle of 1 degrees, while forward. Well, around a little bit .. BB itself is there and more just what? blasting action +15 meters to the radius?
          1. Vladimir_2U
            Vladimir_2U 29 December 2020 10: 25
            0
            I agree, a crap OFS, and the rest is debatable! wassat
            1. Evil Booth
              Evil Booth 29 December 2020 10: 30
              0
              from which it is debatable? this is something else .. there should be a lot of armor without holes and OFZ of 240 kg and not 2,4 ... in the mask of armor there is no around the sight, too, a total of 2/3 of the projection of the forehead of the tower is cardboard. but in fact 80% because if you shoot at an angle, if even in a protected third, it will go into a mask)))
              1. Vladimir_2U
                Vladimir_2U 29 December 2020 10: 38
                0
                Quote: Evil Booth
                from which it is debatable

                And it does not matter, do you think your rubbish wants to disassemble? Controversial and that's it!
                1. Evil Booth
                  Evil Booth 29 December 2020 10: 45
                  0
                  no) unequivocally even an Indian tank became cheaper and more efficient than a leopard or a challenger or a leclerk. but like tan and abrashi with k2 and other Japanese type10. or what? boom to measure armor and mass of shells? so that's what it was))) at least they have a plant and there is no abrashi or a leopard plant)) as well as a challenger .. here for a leclerc I niznay.
  3. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. 28 December 2020 07: 32
    +2
    for what reasons has the price of an MBT produced in the country increased so much that it suddenly turned out to be the most expensive tank in the world?

    It is known for what smile ... 3 soldo plus 3 soldo will be 10 soldo ... well, 5 + 5 soldo will be one hundred soldo.
    The Indians also got burned on the French Mirage ... there such a price tag got out for a unit of one Mirage ... belay mom don't worry?

    It was banal that the Indians were turned into grandmothers ... in the language of the 90s. hi
  4. Ros 56
    Ros 56 28 December 2020 07: 39
    +4
    And the price is with dancing fellow if dancing is inexpensive. laughing lol laughing
    1. Lech from Android.
      Lech from Android. 28 December 2020 07: 40
      +2
      And the price is with dancing

      Hindus dance cool ... especially Hindu (sing Manjura) .. what a beauty ... it's not a pity even thousands of gold for her ..
  5. KCA
    KCA 28 December 2020 07: 40
    +2
    Of course it's expensive, it's even hard to imagine how many Swarovski crystals were spent on strengthening the armor during modernization, plus tassels and canopies with gold threads
  6. faiver
    faiver 28 December 2020 07: 41
    0
    jolly they have there in india, they sing, dance, they spread their heads right and left laughing
  7. kenig1
    kenig1 28 December 2020 07: 44
    +6
    At least in something it will be the most.
  8. Vadim_888
    Vadim_888 28 December 2020 08: 16
    +1
    Well, in, from each Indian on a payu and for a tank he collected laughing
  9. 113262a
    113262a 28 December 2020 08: 20
    +1
    I remember a Soviet anecdote about Brezhnev with his - THANKS FOR TEA!)))
  10. rocket757
    rocket757 28 December 2020 08: 24
    +1
    In total, according to the source, the Indian "Arjun" of the mentioned version received "14 improvements in comparison with the Mk1 version." These improvements were approved by a special commission about 2 years ago.

    As a classic would say - That's the reason !!! The more the commission, the more .......!
    You have to pay for everything.
  11. Selevc
    Selevc 28 December 2020 08: 31
    +2
    The reason was that the Arjun tanks "do not tolerate well" operation in mountainous conditions.
    Still - try almost 60 tons of ride over rough terrain ... Few mountain bridge can withstand such a tank ... The Indians seem to have created some expensive totem unsuitable for maneuverable war - they just puffed everything modern into a tank, don't play around. God forbid such tanks collide with the main battle tank of the PRC - then the Indians will dance until the very Ganges ...
    1. Revolver
      Revolver 28 December 2020 11: 57
      +1
      Quote: Selevc
      God forbid such tanks collide with the main battle tank of the PRC - then the Indians will dance until the very Ganges ...

      The T-90 and T-72 will fight the Chinese. And Arjuna for parades and national pride, they say we can too.
      Another thing is that turkey tankers do not understand which ones. Well, and the Chinese, judging by biathlon, are also the same.
    2. Grigory_45
      Grigory_45 28 December 2020 13: 49
      +1
      Quote: Selevc
      God forbid such tanks collide with the main battle tank of the PRC - then the Indians will dance until the very Ganges

      the dead cannot dance ...
  12. 72jora72
    72jora72 28 December 2020 08: 32
    -1
    The reason was that the Arjun tanks "do not tolerate well" operation in mountainous conditions.
    Rather, they simply "do not tolerate" operation .........
  13. Viktor Sergeev
    Viktor Sergeev 28 December 2020 08: 34
    0
    Yes, there are even more kickbacks in India than in the USA, every five times, that's cool.
  14. Victor Tsenin
    Victor Tsenin 28 December 2020 09: 27
    +2
    Every progressive Hindu knows that the headquarters of Arjun's development is at the Jaisalmer Institute of Dance and Bribery)
  15. u-345
    u-345 28 December 2020 10: 54
    +6
    The dancers are annealing!
  16. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 28 December 2020 10: 58
    +2
    Well done Indians))) they remind me more and more of Banderlog))) money spent - no results))) but everything is transparent and democratic)))
  17. APASUS
    APASUS 28 December 2020 11: 16
    0
    Earlier, the command of the Indian Armed Forces refused to use the Arjun MBT in Ladakh, preferring the T-72 and T-90. The reason was that the Arjun tanks "do not tolerate well" operation in mountainous conditions.

    The most expensive Indian tank "does not tolerate" operation in mountain conditions, and what else does it tolerate poorly for such money?
    I remember in the Indian press the results of comparative tests were printed, so there the Arjun MBT simply outstripped the T-90 in all respects, but it turned out that it was only suitable for carrying flowers
  18. Grigory_45
    Grigory_45 28 December 2020 13: 47
    0
    Arjun MK-1A. These are 58,5 ton combat vehicles

    The combat weight of the "Arjun" Mk.II is well over 65 tons. That is why it was necessary to redo the chassis, increase the diameter of the road wheels and order new geese.
  19. Evil 55
    Evil 55 28 December 2020 14: 24
    +2
    The more impoverished the state, the higher the appetite of those in power.
  20. Alexey RA
    Alexey RA 28 December 2020 15: 11
    0
    The main question, of course, is related to the reasons why the price of MBT produced in the country has grown so much that it suddenly turned out to be the most expensive tank in the world?

    It is necessary to look at the complete set of the purchase - there are obviously dancing elephants somewhere. smile
  21. Evil Booth
    Evil Booth 29 December 2020 18: 55
    0
    Can anyone explain why the Germans have 250 rounds for 200 leopards? I saw on the topvar.
  22. Wildgoose
    Wildgoose 29 December 2020 21: 41
    0
    about kickbacks -
    maybe initially there was a concept to create something worthwhile in oneself (and spend money on oneself inside), but the Circle of Fate could not but close, and everything went the way it is now.