Friday, 6 May 2011

Arjun Weight Ratio Compared To Other Tanks

Tank HP* Wt** HP/wt
NGP***(kg / cm2

)


T-72


780


41.5


18.8



0.83



T-90


1000


46.5


21.5



0.94



Challenger


1200
62.5 19.2

0.90



Merkava


1200
61.0 19.7

0.96

Leo

II
1500 55.2 27.2

0.83

M1

A2
1500 63.0 23.3

0.96



Leclerc
1500 54.5 27.5

0.90



Arjun
1400

58.5


23.9



0.84


BMP
285 14 20.4 0.65
* Horse Power

** Weight in tons

*** Nominal Ground Pressure


Arjun MBT has a bigger track-print, hence, its Nominal Ground Pressure is only 0.84 kg/cm2 which compares well with other MBTs of the world . Further, with a combination of low NGP and high power / weight ratio, it has commendable going ability. The proof being Arjun MBT crossing the Ravi at Lassian, without any engineer support, whatsoever and it has crossed numerous patches of marshy terrain which are marked ‘non-tankable’ in going maps of the Gurdaspur-Pathankot sector.

MBT Arjun is broader and heavier than other tanks in our fleet, resulting in special, but not insurmountable, difficulties in transportation. During the last 15 years, various prototypes of Arjun MBT has been moved for trials to various sectors, by both, rail and road, by existing means of transportation, albeit with adhoc expedients, but without facing any serious difficulties.