Arjun Main Battle Tank MK-1A: Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced the original Arjun Main Battle tank MK-1 to the Indian Army at an official ceremony in Chennai. The new Arjun Main Battle Tank MK-1A is 118 units of Main Battle Tank which have been natively designed, developed and manufactured by DRDO and CVRDE collectively. This project to manufacture Arjun Main Battle Tank was initially commenced by DRDO in 1972 with Combat Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) as its primary laboratory. The main objective behind manufacturing the Arjun Main Battle Tank was to design such a tank that features high mobility, superior fire power and an excellent protector.
In 1996, mass production of Arjun Battle Tank began at the Indian Ordnance Factory at the Avadi facility.
The Specifications of Arjun Battle Tank MK-1A:
Some special features of Arjun Main Battle Tank MK-1A:
Accomplishments of the Arjun Main Battle Tank MK-1A:
The Arjun Battle Mk-1A is said to have some 14 major upgrades as compared to its previous versions. The tank will also be introduced with a feature of missile-firing post its final tests.
In 2004, the Indian Army received the first batch of these tanks and 16 of such tanks were accepted at that time. Those Arjun Battle Tanks were inducted as a squadron of the 43 Armoured Regiment. However, the first-ever Arjun Regiment of 45 tanks was inducted into the army in 2009, and over 100 more tanks were delivered in 2011. The Indian Army ordered 124 Arjun Tanks in the year 2010.