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The Arjun Mk.IA is a Tier 7 special premium Main Battle Tank under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[ | ]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 2008-2010
Service: 2025+
Vehicles Built: 124 (standard Arjun)
Operators: India

The Arjun is the first truly indigenous Indian MBT, following the successful Vijayanta, which was a copy of a Vickers export MBT. Its development goes back decades and despite some successes, the issues with the metallurgy involved as well as other elements (such as transmissions) led to a string of expensive failures. From the 1990s onwards, the Arjun was able to overcome some of its problems and a small production run of roughly 124 vehicles took place between 2004 and 2010. The first Arjun service version is referred to as Arjun Mk1 and somewhat resembles the Leopard 2A4 MBT since the tank was co-developed with Krauss-Maffei who designed the original German MBT.

The basic hull of the vehicle was made of steel but the tank’s boxy appearance was mainly due to the presence of it Kanchan composite armor. Its composition and protection levels unknown, the armor is said to be related to the famous British Chobham. The tank was powered by a rather unique MTU engine based on the design used with the Leopard 1.

This engine wasn’t used anywhere else in the world and, along with its transmission, became the worst source of problems that have never been fixed in a satisfactory manner. The weapon system consisted of an indigenous rifled 120mm gun that wasn’t compatible with anything on the planet. The British influence here is undeniable but why the Indians chose such a unique solution is, once again, a mystery – the most likely theory of its origin being an up-scaled version of the 105mm L7 rifled gun used on the Vijayanta. The ammunition was somewhat unique too, featuring an oversized APHE round called PCB, which stands for Penetration cum Blast.

The performance of this model was, to put it mildly, far from stellar. Despite being formally adopted, its abysmal performance, especially in the desert environment where armored clashes with Pakistan were expected, led instead to more purchases of Russian tech (most notably the T-90S MBTs).

However, the Indians were unwilling to lose face and in 2007, they asked the Israelis for help with the design. It took Israel two years to do what India couldn’t in over three decades – they basically rebuilt the tank from scratch to make it quite viable. Around a hundred improvements were made over the original tank and would successfully pass its trials by 2012.

This upgraded version includes improved Kanchan armor with an ERA/NERA kit, power pack reliability upgrades, improved suspension (including final drive, tracks and sprockets), improved Fire Control System and other optics (including the COAPS set, providing the Arjun with the hunter-killer ability), better ammunition for the main gun, safer ammunition racks and a soft-kill APS (albeit an ad-hoc one, basically a LWR connected to smoke grenade launchers).

However, with these systems installed, the weight of the vehicle increased from 55-60 to 67 tons and the maximum speed was decreased from 72 km/h to some 55-58 km/h due to changed gear ratios in order to preserve its acceleration.

Here’s where things start to get a bit confusing. This upgraded version started as Arjun Mk.2, but at some point, it was apparently renamed to Arjun Mk.1A with the Mk.2 name reserved for another future upgrade project. The most likely variant is that while the Mk.2 name was reserved for additional newly-built upgraded Arjuns (a plan that was canceled around 2008 following the testing issues), the Indians chose instead to upgrade the original 124 Arjuns to this standard and are referring to those upgraded tanks as Mk.1A.

The original plan counted on the upgraded Arjuns being delivered until 2015 but this did not happen and the whole program was postponed (likely for financial reasons) to 2022 and onwards. The upgraded Arjun MBT therefore remains a prototype only and its mass production is likely postponed due to the COVID pandemic. Whether its operational capability goal of 2025-2026 is met remains to be seen.

Vehicle Traits[ | ]

  • Armored: This vehicle's armor can withstand a lot of punishment, allowing it to survive even serious firefights.
  • Heavy Weapon: This vehicle carries one of the largest weapons around with significantly increased damage per shot.
  • HESH Rounds: This vehicle can fire special Squash Head rounds. These are extremely effective against angled armor that is typical for Soviet tanks.
  • Adjustable Suspension: This vehicle features a hydraulic suspension that allows you to manually change its ground clearance.

Ammunition[ | ]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 120mm Mk.II APFSDS APFSDS Stock 540 650[note 1] mm 1575 m/s 24.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.10 °
  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Magazine Size: 5
  • Reload within Magazine: 3.00 s
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 25 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 120mm L31A7 HESH HESH Stock 460 490 mm 670 m/s 24.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.12 °
  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Magazine Size: 5
  • Reload within Magazine: 3.00 s
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 15 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 35 %
  • Spall Threshold: 156 mm
3 120mm Penetration cum Blast PELE PELE Experience 10[note 2] 500[note 3] 600[note 4] mm 1800 m/s 24.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.12 °
  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Magazine Size: 5
  • Reload within Magazine: 3.00 s
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 50 %
4 LAHAT ATGM-TH HEAT Experience 10[note 5] 518[note 6] 900 mm 320 m/s 24.00 s
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  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Magazine Size: 5
  • Reload within Magazine: 3.00 s
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
  • Flight Agility: 65.00 deg/s
  • Self-Guided: Yes
5 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 7] mm 855 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.15 °
  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Partial Reload: Yes
  • Magazine Size: 800
  • Burst Fire Rate: 400 rd/min
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °

Upgrades[ | ]

Armor[ | ]

Arjun Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 720 mm (vs AP)
1090 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite 895 mm (vs AP)
1400 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite Kontakt-5 ERA (Gen 2) 25% (vs AP)
80% (vs HEAT)
This MBT's front is protected by a standard steel hull covered with ERA.

Weapon[ | ]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 120mm Mk.III Rifled Cannon Stock Stock 1.80 s 24.00 s
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Stats:

  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Magazine Size: 5
  • Reload within Magazine: 3.00 s
  • Burst Fire Rate: 20.00 rd/min
  • Depression/Elevation: -10.0° / 20.0°
Ammo:
120mm Mk.II APFSDS
120mm L31A7 HESH
120mm Penetration cum Blast PELE
LAHAT ATGM-TH
7.62mm AP

Engine[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
CVRDE V12 1500 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 58 km/h 30 km/h 4.53 s (0 to 32 km/h)
16.92 s (0 to Max Speed)
35.36° 8 %

Parts[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Mineplow
Dozer Blade
Stock Stock Ramming damage increased by 100%
Smokegrenades
Improved Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 8 charges
Takes 25s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Softkillaps
ALWACS Soft-Kill APS
Stock Stock Automatic Soft Kill APS
Target Acquisition Range: 350m
Effective Range: 350m
Multiplier to ATGM's Standard Noise: x 6
Penalty to ATGM Agility: x0.2
Angle of Effect: 360°
Gunstabilizer
Improved Sights
Stock Stock Reduces the accuracy penalties for firing and traversing the hull.
Gunstabilizer
Improved Stabilizer Drives
Stock Stock Overall accuracy while moving is improved by 20%
Gunnersight
Improved Gun Stabilizer
Stock Stock Accuracy is improved by 10%
Firecontrol
COAPS Fire Control System
Stock Stock Aiming time reduced by 20%
Airconditioner
Improved Air Conditioning
Experience 10 Credits 10 Crew stats increased by 5% [note 8]
Treads01
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 89.0%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 74.6%

Abilities[ | ]

# Name XP Cost Stats Activation
Time
Duration Cooldown More
Info
Suspension Ability Suspension
Adjustable Suspension
Experience 10[note 9] N/A 0.25 s N/A N/A
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Description:
This vehicle can lower its suspension to become stealthier and more accurate at the cost of mobility and vision range.

Conditions:
No conditions bound to this ability.

Footnotes[]

  1. 650 mm at 150m;
    488 mm at 500m
  2. Requires player to complete 100 Contract Missions to unlock. One weekly Mission counts as 5.
  3. 208 for Partial Penetrations
  4. 600 mm at 150m;
    510 mm at 500m
  5. Requires player to complete 300 Contract Missions to unlock. One weekly Mission counts as 5.
  6. 104 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  7. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
  8. Requires player to complete 200 Contract Missions to unlock. One weekly Mission counts as 5.
  9. Requires player to complete 50 Contract Missions to unlock. One weekly Mission counts as 5. Also requires Credits 10 to purchase and equip.
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