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Indus and Ganges spills: India has an additional problem for massive Arjun Mk-1A tanks

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In the Indian press, there is an active discussion of the topic related to the possibility of ordering 118 main combat tanks Arjun Mk-1A. Not so long ago, in the Indian media, these tanks were called "one of the best tanks of our time." However, not all Indian observers have such a high reverence for the new armored vehicles produced in the country.


One of the issues discussed is the weight of the tank. It is 68,5 tons, which makes the Arjun Mk-1A one of the heaviest tanks to date.

As noted in the Indian press, with such parameters of mass, Arjun Mk-1A tanks risk being either "parade" or "combat-ready in limited terrain." The fact is that these armored vehicles may not reach the most tank-hazardous directions determined by the General Staff of the Indian Armed Forces, and if they do, their effectiveness there will be extremely doubtful. We are talking about mountainous regions in the north, north-east and north-west of the country - in other words, primarily about the borders with China and Pakistan.

It is also indicated that India does not yet have a developed infrastructure that would allow tanks with such a large mass to move freely. First of all, the problem with bridges is discussed.



And it is greatest in the northern part of India, where, due to large seasonal floods of the Ganges and Indus rivers, entire states are cut off from the rest of the territories, and the bridge infrastructure has to be restored at unenviable intervals. The approaches to the bridges are being washed away, and most of the bridges themselves are clearly not designed for columns of almost 70-ton vehicles to pass through them. As a result, it turns out that the Indus and Ganges spills, a limited number of bridges designed for a high mass, can create obvious problems for Arjun Mk-1A tanks, which are so massive and different.

From the Indian press:

It will be enough for the enemy to take aim at large bridges so that our MBT Arjun Mk-1A will not budge at all.

The massive "Arjunam" are therefore predicted to be located in limited areas of the terrain, since their rapid transfer to other territories, separated by large water barriers, can turn into a hopeless test.
Photos used:
Wikipedia / India Flood Map, Twitter / Narendra Modi
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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 28 February 2021 07: 46
    +1
    Bury me in the Ganges! Just don't drown the shovels! laughing
    1. oleg-gr
      oleg-gr 28 February 2021 07: 53
      +1
      "Some of the best tanks of our time." the tank's mass figure is exactly what it is. they would buy a few more Abrams from the Merikos and everything will be fine. a heavyweight division will be formed.
      1. seregatara1969
        seregatara1969 28 February 2021 11: 29
        0
        and bridges will not only become frail, but also low. bad bridges protect them from the enemy and at the same time do not allow them to reach the enemy
    2. Flooding
      Flooding 28 February 2021 08: 03
      +3
      At one time, amphibious PT-76s showed themselves well in battles with Pakistani troops.
  2. Proton
    Proton 28 February 2021 08: 25
    +1
    All the Indus spills, mainly in Pakistan.
    The Ganges in the upper and middle reaches does not overflow too much. There are no problems before Reshikesh, and Varanasi is not very much.
    The author, if we are to write about this, then do not forget the Brahmaputra.
    1. Volodin
      Volodin 28 February 2021 08: 47
      +3
      Quote: Proton
      All the Indus spills, mainly in Pakistan.
      The Ganges in the upper and middle reaches does not overflow too much. There are no problems before Reshikesh, and Varanasi is not very much.

      And Indian observers, including judging by the map, seem to have a different opinion. I guess because they live in India ...
      1. Reptiloid
        Reptiloid 28 February 2021 10: 55
        +1
        ..... another opinion .......

        Since childhood, I have watched both Indian films and news, because I am interested in the country and its culture.
        River floods are shown as a grand, imposing natural disaster. Many huge animals die. Destruction.
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty 28 February 2021 08: 46
    0
    I think it's smart enough not to make such a heavy tank en masse, and to revise its components and assemblies in order to reduce the weight of the tank.
    1. Crimean partisan 1974
      Crimean partisan 1974 28 February 2021 09: 23
      +1
      and revise its components and assemblies with ...... yes, it's too late to revise something, a wild boar is a wild boar ... they need a snorkel for him 30 meters and a gusl wider well, 10 tons will add and there will be the very boar that crawls along the bottom can ... Xiaoying people will be confused when they see this and immediately give up
  4. Cockroach Zee
    Cockroach Zee 28 February 2021 08: 58
    +6
    It is necessary to add another twenty tons, then they can walk underground.
  5. TerraSandera
    TerraSandera 28 February 2021 09: 19
    0
    How much media noise from these Indian tanks. Just like some kind of Indian film with songs and dances. In my opinion, they only lose to topics about drones, after all, the whole world community, and here is a dubious work of one country.
    1. Polymer
      Polymer 28 February 2021 17: 52
      0
      Quote: TerraSandera
      Just like an Indian film of some kind with songs and dances.

      Maybe they are much better at setting for films than military equipment. There are more specialists in that area than in the military-industrial complex - so they were attracted to the creation of the tank. The corresponding car and turned out, a demonstration for parades, and not for military operations.
  6. Fitter65
    Fitter65 28 February 2021 09: 30
    0
    Not so long ago, in the Indian media, these tanks were called "one of the best tanks of our time."
    Well, that's all right. There are only two best tanks in the modern world. This is the Indian Arjun Mk-1A. and of course the incomparable T-84BM "Oplot" tank ...
  7. rocket757
    rocket757 28 February 2021 09: 34
    +1
    The massive "Arjunam" are therefore predicted to be in limited areas of the terrain

    I blinded you ... for what, I myself do not know!
  8. Split
    Split 28 February 2021 11: 00
    +1
    Why did they take someone from Krupp at the end of World War II? wassat
  9. vadivm59
    vadivm59 28 February 2021 12: 51
    +1
    disperse along the border and dig into the ground, as we once did with the IS-3 in the URs. They are no longer good for anything. The tower is separate, the body is separate, they will be completely transported in dangerous directions. Then the assembly and into the pit.
    1. TerraSandera
      TerraSandera 28 February 2021 18: 23
      +1
      In 2014, on the territory of one country, one IS3 fought). Therefore, good for something or not, this is a rhetorical question.
      1. vadivm59
        vadivm59 1 March 2021 17: 49
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        "GOOD ..." is about ARJUN, not about IS-3.
  10. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 28 February 2021 13: 25
    +2
    In how))) I just now doubted the capacity of Indian roads and bridges, about such heavy crap. For which he was subjected to the most severe ostracism, they say, the roads in India are almost like in Geyrop, even better than in Banderland))) and here, such a surprise, from the Indians themselves, however)))
  11. Alf
    Alf 28 February 2021 19: 52
    +1
    I can't understand something about one simple thing, but the Hindu designers who built this miracle, did they expect to use it in a vacuum? Didn't they look at the map of their country at all? And what did the military think about when adopting it for service? Maybe this is a weapon of the "last line of defense" when the Pakistanis and Chinese are already on the palace square?
    1. cat Rusich
      cat Rusich 28 February 2021 23: 12
      +1
      Quote: Alf
      Didn't they look at the map of their country at all? And what did the military think about when adopting it for service?
      What's the problem ???...
      PP-91 pontoon
      PP-91 - pontoon park.
      8 ferries with a carrying capacity of 90 tons can be assembled from the standard kit. India just needs to buy one PP-91 for each tank battalion at least ... soldier