India places order for 118 MBT Arjun Mk-1A for Army
The DRDO developed new variant of MBT has enhanced firepower, mobility and survivability
Continuing with its move to augment the capability and strength of the Indian Army, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Thursday placed Rs 7,523 crore worth of order with Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi in Chennai for the supply of 118 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun Mk-1A.
The state–of-the-art MBT Mk-1A is a new variant of Arjun Tank designed to enhance fire power, mobility and survivability, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
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.
Designed and developed by DRDO by incorporating numerous upgrades on Arjun MBT, the in-service main battle tank with the Indian Army, the MK-1A is equipped with accurate and superior firepower, all-terrain mobility and an invincible multi-layered protection provided by an array of advanced technology systems.
It can take on the enemy during day and night conditions and in both static and dynamic modes. By virtue of these capabilities, this indigenous MBT proves to be at par with any contemporary in its class across the globe, the Ministry claimed.
This tank is particularly configured and designed for Indian conditions and hence it is suitable for deployment to protect the frontiers in an effective manner, the Ministry added.
This production order to HVF, Avadi opens up a large avenue in defence manufacturing for over 200 Indian vendors including MSMEs, with employment opportunities to around 8,000 people. This will be a flagship project showcasing the indigenous capability in cutting edge defence technologies.
The MBT Arjun Mk-1A has been designed and developed by Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), along with other laboratories of DRDO within two years (2010-12). The development activities commenced from June 2010 and the tank was fielded for user trials in June 2012.
It took only two years to develop and field the MBT Arjun Mk-1A for user trials from the user requirement. Extensive trial evaluation was conducted in various phases covering 7000+ kms (both in DRDO and user trials) of automotive and substantial firing of various ammunition during 2012-2015.