https://www.quora.com/How-do-soldiers-withstand-the-intense-heat-inside-a-tankHow do soldiers withstand the intense heat inside a tank
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-buys-non-AC-tanks-draws-CAG-fire/articleshow/30643885.cmsNEW DELHI: India’s main-battle tanks, the Russian-origin T-90 draws CAG fire for missing Air Conditioning.
I served with 2nd Tank Battalion (US Marines) as a Forward Air Controller/Air Officer in 1998–1999. One of the greatest tours I did, by the way, fantastic group of Marines.
I had wondered this myself about the heat in the desert……we did have an air blower (we have another name for it) on the M1A1 Abrams, but it only does so much.
While we were at our annual training event in the Mojave desert, we even had to get into our full NBC suits (Nuclear/Biological/Chemical). My station was the loader’s position in the Executive Officer’s tank for Bravo Company as there isn’t any extra room for additional personnel. With my flight pay and as a Major, a well paid tank loader I was.
After one particularly trying two day evolution, where we estimated the inside of the tank may have reached 140F, (and at one point a Marine was very seriously injured in an accident), we had all later admitted the same thing: that we were hallucinating at various points and unsure of what was real and what was not.
NEW DELHI: India’s main-battle tanks, the Russian-origin T-90S, are without any airconditioning. Apart from crew discomfort, this is “degrading”
the sophisticated fire-control systems, thermal-imaging sights and missile firing mechanisms of the tanks due to their prolonged exposure to heat and
The latest CAG report, tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, has fired a salvo at the defence ministry and the Army for signing deals worth Rs 9,083 crore
with Russia for 657 T-90S tanks, and concluding another Rs 330 crore contract for transfer of technology to indigenously produce another such 1,000
tanks at the Avadi Heavy Vehicles Factory, without providing for the critical air-conditioners.
“Ignoring the recommendations of the trial team (which tested the tanks in Russia in 1999), the MoD procured the tanks in 2001 and 2007 without
ACs, rendering the fleet vulnerable to degradation of sensitive components,” said CAG.
Just how is a human being supposed to fight @140 degrees Fahrenheit/60 degrees Celsius.. All the preening Cavalry generals criticizing the Arjun, and all the DRDO/ARDE scientists pushing the Arjun must be made to answer this question.. There is a reason why our tank fleet is toothless and not fighting fit for perhaps 6-9 months out of a full year.
1. No tech infusion in APFSDS for a while.
2. No thought given to the sowars comforts to let them do their duties efficiently.
3. No tech infusion in active protection measures.
4. No thought given to survivability of sowars in combat.
Forget about the T90 vs Arjun, we are missing the basics here.