Defence Ministry places an order for 118 Arjun Mk-1A tanks worth ₹7,523 crores

The MBT Mk-1A is a new modification of the Arjun tank, the in-service central battle tank of the Indian Army. It is designed to intensify firepower, movement, and survivability.

On Thursday, the Defence Ministry concluded a deal to secure 118 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army at the cost of Rs 7,523 crore.

“The Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed an order with Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi, Chennai for the supply of 118 MBTs Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army on September 23,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement. The product order will open up a large boulevard in defence production for over 200 Indian vendors, including MSMEs, with employment possibilities for about 8,000 people.

The MBT Mk-1A is a new modification of the Arjun tank, the in-service central battle tank of the Indian Army. It is designed to intensify firepower, movement, and survivability, saturated with 72 unique features and more natural content from the Mk-1 variant.

“The order, worth Rs 7,523 crore, will provide a further boost to the Make in India initiative in the defence sector and is a big step towards achieving Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” it said.

Besides special target engagement day and night, the ministry said the tanks would guarantee smooth movement in all areas. “The MK-1A is equipped with accurate and superior firepower, all-terrain mobility and 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 statement further read.

It has been created and produced by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) and other labs of DRDO within two years (2010-12) by including various upgrades on Arjun MBT. The development activities began in June 2010, and the tank was handled for user trials in June 2012.

PM Narendra Modi gave the MBT Arjun Mk-1A to Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane in Chennai on February 14, 2021.

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