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India orders 118 Arjun Mk1A battle tanks worth Rs 7,523 crore

Designed and developed by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment and the DRDO, these 118 indigenous tanks would have 72 enhancements from their original version.

India orders 118 Arjun Mk1A battle tanks worth Rs 7523 crore VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 23, 2021, 7:48 PM IST
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The defence ministry on Thursday awarded a contract to Avadi-based Heavy Factory Vehicle for procurement of 118 Main Battle Tanks Arjun Mk1A for the Indian Army at a cost of Rs 7,523 crore.

The ministry has said that it would give a further boost to the 'Make-in-India' initiative.

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Designed and developed by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment and the DRDO, these 118 indigenous tanks would have 72 enhancements from their original version. As per the reports, the MBT Arjun Mk1A tanks would be suitable for use in the deserts of Rajasthan, bordering Pakistan. 

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in Chennai handed over the MBT Arjun Mk-1A to the Indian Army in the presence of General MM Naravane.

Features of MBT Mk1A

The newer version of the Arjun tank is designed to enhance firepower, mobility and survivability. It would also ensure effortless mobility over all terrains besides precise target engagement during day and night. 

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The Mk1A is equipped with an array of advanced technology systems that lend the tank multi-layered protection, all-terrain mobility and superior firepower. 

The MK1 A can take on the adversary in both static and dynamic modes and at any time of the day. The tank is believed to be at par with any of its contemporaries in its class across the world.

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