Vivek K wrote:
You expect the forces to buy something desi, which they don't want,to fight wars.
When it comes to you and your civilian needs for road transport, do all of you Desh bhakts drive 100% indigenous cars ?
Local MIC is what you bat for.Why not local auto industry?
My family has given up its lives and its entire wealth to set up import substitution projects in India. We lost our entire investment and my father his life because of your line of thinkng. Please get off this line of thinking.
Domestically - Maruti is exporting cars, so are other companies from India. So please compare apples to apples.
I'm sorry to hear about what you and your family went through.
I've been on this forum for more than a decade. The Arjun tank saga indeed has caused tremendous heart burn and at times misplaced anger.
The only conclusion that one can possibly arrive at after going through various threads is that gernails are corrupt, import pasand, killing local MIC..
I don't think it's irrational to step back a bit from that narrative and examine or atleast try and analyse what is it about the Arjun tank that the army just does NOT budge ?
As things currently stand, the MK2 has almost nil chances of getting inducted. A seven ton reduction looks unlikely and the time needed is 5-7 years !
Arjun while important for local MIC isn't as vital for security of the country.
If the institution responsible for security of the country have steadfastly refused inducting the tank, the reasons have to be understood and analysed.
Calling that very institution import pasand and an assortment of names isn't analysis, it's just spite.
In one of the interviews I read about the mk2, C Chsitopher said that even at 68 tons it will be usable in the desert and acknowledged what the army has been saying all along, it's too heavy for its doctrine.
Army isn't wrong in choosing T90 over Arjun, when it's clear that it can field more T90s with the same financial and manpower resources than the Arjun.
I btw used the car analogy only to drive home the point that when it comes to personal choices, we in general have no qualms in going for non indian vehicles/products.
But the same people thunder and label the army import pasand when it's quite clear, the imported option gives way more value for money spent and keeps National security.
We here in the civilian domain can only make educated guesses. Do we have a list of the 73 improvements asked for by the army ? Do we know how critical they are ?
What does that say for the mk1s fighting and maintenance ability ?
Also if the theatre of operations is only going to be the desert , why go in for an 8-9 million tank where you can just as easily deploy twice the number of T90s ?
If the T90s were not capable of handling paki zarrar and Khalid's and T80UDs, I would understand the railing..
It's not as if the Army is dumping the Arjun at 68 tons "too heavy tank" to induct 1000 Abrams 60+ tanks.