About 75% of the 124 tanks with the Army were grounded one-and-a-half-year ago
affected by a range of snags in its transmission system, thermal imaging sights and accuracy, among others.
When you order a complex system in penny packets, it is tailor made for a situation where the economy of scale for support would not exist, and troubles with maintenance and upkeep will persist.
Nor is there any incentive for your component suppliers to invest in support and upgrades.
The Arjun should have been ordered in large numbers. It is very difficult to indigenize subsystems and threrefore keep up serviceability otherwise.
With only 124 tanks, this is the smallest production run for any modern battle tank.
The Arjun saga is a sad tale how promising indigenous capability in a crucial area was systematically dismantled keeping our dependence on expensive and undependable imports as well as shackling our strategic freedom of action at the same time.
The rot in the system is deep indeed and it will take more than Modi and Parrikar to sort it out, as driven and as well intentioned as these gentlemen are.
I feel sorry for all those at CVRDE who put in all this effort to build a world class MBT in a country whose private sector was struggling to build a decent automobile while shunning more lucrative careers.
Alas it was all for nothing. Your work was wasted, your efforts not recognized, barring in some obscure forums such as this, and you are cursed in the popular media.