Defence ministry order 118 battle tanks at a cost of Rs 7,523 crore
The defence ministry on Thursday placed an order for 118 Arjun main battle tanks for the army at a cost of Rs 7,523 crore.
The ministry placed the order for the Arjun Mk-1A tanks with the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) at Avadi in Chennai.
The MBT Mk-1A is a new variant of the Arjun tank designed to enhance firepower, mobility and survivability, infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content compared with the Mk-1 variant.
The ministry said the tanks would ensure effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engagement during day and night.
The tank has been designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation 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,” the ministry said in a statement.