I quote from "Army-Technology.com"...August 6 2017 at 8:58 AM
|Geoff Steer (Login GeoffSteer)|
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"The development of Arjun MBT began in March 1974. The tank heavily depends on foreign technology and equipment. Krauss Maffei, developer of the German Leopard 2 tank, provided the design assistance. Hence, the Arjun closely resembles Leopard 2A4 tank.
Up to 25%-30% of the tank components including engine, transmission, gun barrel, tracks and fire control systemare imported"
Okay, I'd agree that "provided the design assistance" may not actually mean that Krauss Maffei designed the Arjun. However, considering it appears almost identical to the Leopard II, I always thought that Krauss Maffei may have designed the Arjun to be a Leopard II buildable by Indian industry. I could be wrong about that of course, I would still stand by my belief that the Arjun is a DIY Leopard II. Whatever way you look at it, the resemblance is so close you almost have to ask: "why did Indian not just go ahead and buy some Leopard IIs rather than try to make them locally"?
- I'm no expert but possibly one reason... - Robert Lockie on Aug 6, 2017, 12:35 PM
- Curiouser and curiouser - JMehner on Aug 7, 2017, 10:00 AM
- I quote from four other sources - Geoff Steer on Aug 7, 2017, 5:19 PM
- Oooh, I love that one... - JMehner on Aug 8, 2017, 12:31 PM