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Subject: Janes - Arjun MBT - 37 Years and Still Not Ready
Softwar    4/10/2009 3:54:14 PM The Indian Army is readying the locally designed Arjun main battle tank (MBT) for combat manoeuvres in the western Rajasthan desert, due to start in May, in what is widely being interpreted as a showdown between the military and the tank's designer, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), over the system's future. The Arjun, which the DRDO has been developing for nearly 37 years and which the army has consistently rejected because of performance issues, will also be put through comparative trials with the proven Russian T-72M1 and T-90S MBTs, which constitute the backbone of the country's armoured formations. Two Arjun squadrons, or around 40-45 tanks, from the 43rd Armoured Regiment based at Suratgarh will conduct the trials, which are a prerequisite to the army formally clearing the Arjun for induction and determining its eventual operational role.
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ArtyEngineer    Arjun Documentary Pt 1   4/10/2009 9:40:43 PM
Below is Pt 1 of a quasi documentary about the Arjun.  In my opinion this is not a fieldable weapon system.  At 8:07 you can see production personnel using files etc working on components to be assembled into the turret well.  This tells me an awful lot about the state of indian design and production capabilities.  This tank will be a maintenance nightmare!!!" width="425" height="344" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always">
If componets have to be filed and sanded to make them fit then something is seriously wrong with either the design approach to the tolerancing of components or the quality control is non existent!!!!!  On my "System" any component which requires this type of adjustment to make fit is immediately "Red Tagged" and handed over to Quality to investigate why and to ensure the vendor provides an adequate "Cause and Corrective Action" report for the component.
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earlm    DRDO is the problem   4/10/2009 11:41:00 PM
They thought they could take a lot of smart people and give them money and time and develop an indigenous capability but they failed miserably.  Arjun is junk.  If it can't beat Russian tanks in the desert it's junk.  It's really too bad the US and India aren't closer because we could help them out a lot.  Let them have the M-1 drawings and let them build up their R and D by incorporating a diesel.  Or just give them the GM design that lost the M-1 competition.
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FJV    They need to train personell as well   4/11/2009 7:24:08 AM
On top of that the guy is ruining his file.
Files only cut on the forward stroke (when pushing forward). When you apply pressure when pulling you break the cutting theeth on a file. You'll end up with a blunt/dull file in no time. You actually lift the file on the backward stroke.

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