Arjun Mk-2

Second generation of Arjun Mk-2 has been cleared recently by the
Ministry of Defence and funding allocated , while the Army has ordered
more 124 Arjun Mk-1 to keep the production line in Avadi busy till the
Arjun Mk-2 will start rolling out from 2013-14 onwards .

  DRDO rather
than starting all over again the Arjun MK-2 will have the same design
of Arjun MK-1, but major changes are planned for the new generation
variant of Arjun Tank to keep up with the new technological changes
which are been incorporated in the MBT’s world over .

Arjun MK-2 will have Battle Field Management System (BFMS) which will
enable the tank to get feed from UAV‘s and Helicopters, which then
enable the Arjun mk-2 tank crew much aware of their surroundings and
better understanding of the battle zone, this will lead to improvement
in coordinating with other Friendly tanks in the zone and also avoid
Friendly kills, it will also give information regarding enemy tank
movement along with their troops and help navigate terrain in the
battle zone.

Self-diagnostic system (SDS) will also be added to Arjun Mk-2 which is
like a health monitoring system. it will not only tell the tank crew if
it is having any problem but also point out the trouble area , it is
also important when Tank has taken multiple hits from different
position and from different ammunition after a self-diagnose Tank crew
will know exact damage inflicted on the Tank .

Arjun Mk-2 will get a new efficient 1500bhp engine which has been in
development by DRDO in India its self, they are reports that a Indian
Private industry is also working with DRDO on the engine development,
currently Arjun MK-1 is powered by German supplied 1400bhp engine which
is quite old in design and technical parameters but still a powerful
and respected engine in the world.

NERA (non-explosive reactive armor) will be added to Arjun Mk-2 this
will give the tank additional protection against anti-tank munitions,
unlike ERA, NERA will enable tank to take multiple hits anti-tank
munitions, but also increase the weight of Arjun MK-2 to 60 tons from
its current weight (Arjun MK-1) of 58 tons.

It is much likely that Arjun Mk-2 will also spot Air-conditioning
system for the crew, which will be powered from an APU which will draw
its power from the Main engine of the Tank; this will enable the tank
crew to operate in higher temperature of desert heat without any
discomfort to the tank crew, Arjun MK-1 already has hardened
electronics that function perfectly even in the Rajasthan summer
without requiring any Air-conditioning system.

More changes will take place in Arjun Mk-2, above mentioned are mostly likely changes which will take place in the new variant.