Saturday, January 23, 2010
Era of heavy MBT's in South Asia
Arjun Tank is expected to roll on Rajpath in Indian Army colours. As per individuals I have spoken with in the past, Indian Army has a strong reason to induct Arjun Tanks. It is expected Al-Khalid tank is putting on weight, as it adds on new systems in future Mark phases.
Logically, Indian Army, no matter how much it harps on the FMBT, will have to keep hi-lo mix of tanks, i.e, Light - Medium - Heavy. Current tilt is for medium tanks as this is what dominates South Asian scenario.
Another possibility is Afghanistan may get residual M1A1 Abrams. Since, US is leaving Iraq with some M1A1 Abrams, it is only logical to assume that Afghanistan may also get these.