25 Sep 2021 Arjun Mk-1A Battle Tanks
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Recently, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed an
order with Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Chennai for
supply of 118 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun Mk1A for the Indian Army.
The state–of-the-art MBT Mk-1A is a new variant of Arjun Tank designed to enhance fire power,
mobility and survivability.
The Arjun Main Battle Tank project was initiated by DRDO in 1972.
Infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content from the Mk-1 variant, the tank would ensure effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engagement during day and night.
This indigenous MBT proves to be at par with any contemporary in its class across the globe. Developed By:
Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), along with other laboratories of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).
The order, worth Rs 7,523 crore, will provide further boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative in the defence sector and is a big step towards achieving ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
Mk1A and MkII:
The development of Arjun Mk1 was followed by improved variants – Mk1A and MkII.
Arjun Mk1A, which features improved firepower and transmission systems, completed the final integration tests in 2019 and was cleared for production.
The Arjun MkII variant is a light-weight Futuristic Main Battle Tank (FMBT) with electro-optical sensors and high-power lasers