posted on Dec, 24 2006 @ 10:18 PM
The tank is a 'failure' in the sense that the Army supposedly didn't get what it wanted in time and in the numbers expected..
Failure in the sense that the initial program was plagued with engine and FCS bugs.
But the army wasn't quite stable on its demands either. They wanted the best of everything, cheap and fast. There has been a constant shifting of the
goalposts so to say as well.
The in-production tank is not a failure. The link to a reputed analyst org in my above post is a testament to that.
India has not altered its MBT doctrine. It needs tanks like it(or any other ground force) has needed since the beginning.
However the mainstay of the Indian MBT fleet will be the T-90S (Bhishma); an awesome machine in itself.
So that's about ~1300 or so T-90S, 125 Arjun MkI(MkII?) and ~1500+ upgraded T-72M1s.
The upgradation of the T-72M1 fleet is called Project Rhino
and the key players in it are Russia(offering modernisation upto T-90S stds),
Poland(offering the PT-91 std),Israel(offering impressive upgrades to systems installed on the Merk 3) and an indigneous option as well.
In summary, India's tank force is staying the course(Hey I quoted Bush!
EDIT:The Indian Naval doctrine does in no way control the future of Indian MBTs
[edit on 24-12-2006 by Daedalus3]