Jaisalmer border on Saturday. A programme was organised on 39th Raising
Day of 75 Regiment and on that ocassion, Russian made T 55 tanks were
given a farewell.
The regiment is the second unit in which Arjun tanks were inducted. This
deployment is vital for defence and the tank will play a very important
role. Lieutenant General A K Singh, GOC-in-C, Southern Command
reviewed a parade of 75 Armoured Regiment. He lauded the professionalism
of the soldiers. He expressed satisfaction that such a modern and
sophisticated MBT was being produced indigenously.
The ceremony also marked the phasing out of T 55 tanks after 40 years of
service. Many of the veterans present at the parade were moved by the
departure of their trusted tank. The 75 Armoured Regiment has a unique
history. It was raised in captured Pakistani territory in March 1972.
After successfully fighting the 1971 war, three independent armoured
squadrons were merged to create the regiment.
For the gallant actions by its squadrons, the Regiment was conferred the
Theatre Honour Sindh’. The event also marked the 39th Raising Day of
the Regiment. Over 100 retired officers and jawans attended the
The delays and failures in Arjun’s development from the 1990s to the
2000s prompted the Indian Army to order vast numbers of T-90S from
Russia to meet the defence gap.
The Arjun features a 120 mm main rifle gun with indigenously developed
APFSDS ammunition which has the capability to penetrate superior armor,
one 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, and a 12.7 mm machine gun. It is
powered by a single MTU multi-fuel diesel engine rated at 1,400 hp, and
can achieve a maximum speed of 70 km/h (43 mph) and a cross-country
speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). It requires a four-man crew: commander,
gunner, loader and driver. Automatic fire detection and suppression, and
NBC protection systems are provided.
All-round anti-tank warhead protection by the newly developed Kanchan
armour is claimed to be much higher than available in present third
Earlier, in March 2010, the Arjun was pitted against the T-90 in comparative trials and performed well.
Weighing 58.5 tons, the Arjun tank is significantly heavier than the Soviet-legacy tanks used at present by the Indian Army.