Defence Ministry Places Rs 7,523 Crore Order For 118 Battle Tanks

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The MBT Mk-1A is a brand new variant of Arjun Tank, infused with 72 new options

New Delhi:

The Defence Ministry on Thursday sealed a contract to obtain 118 Foremost Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun for the Indian Military at a value of Rs 7,523 crore, in a serious transfer to spice up its fight capabilities.

The defence ministry positioned the order for the Arjuna Mk-1A tanks with the Heavy Automobiles Manufacturing facility (HVF), Avadi, Chennai.

The MBT Mk-1A is a brand new variant of Arjun Tank designed to boost hearth energy, mobility and survivability, infused with 72 new options and extra indigenous content material from the Mk-1 variant

“The Ministry of Defence (MoD) positioned an order with Heavy Automobiles Manufacturing facility (HVF), Avadi, Chennai for provide of 118 Foremost Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Military on September 23,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.

“The order, price Rs 7,523 crore, will present additional enhance to the ”Make in India” initiative in defence sector and is a giant step in the direction of reaching ”Aatmanirbhar Bharat”,” it mentioned.

The ministry mentioned the tanks would guarantee easy mobility in all terrains, moreover exact goal engagement throughout day and night time.

It has been designed and developed by the Defence Analysis & Improvement Organisation (DRDO) by incorporating quite a few upgrades on Arjun MBT, the in-service foremost battle tank with the Indian Military.

“The MK-1A is supplied with correct and superior firepower, all-terrain mobility and an invincible multi-layered safety supplied by an array of superior expertise techniques. It will possibly tackle the enemy throughout day and night time situations and in each static and dynamic modes,” the ministry mentioned.

It mentioned the manufacturing order to Heavy Automobiles Manufacturing facility will open up a big avenue in defence manufacturing for over 200 Indian distributors together with MSMEs, with employment alternatives to round 8,000 folks.

“This will likely be a flagship venture showcasing the indigenous functionality in innovative defence applied sciences,” the ministry mentioned.

It mentioned the MBT Arjun Mk-1A has been designed and developed by Fight Automobiles Analysis and Improvement Institution (CVRDE), together with different laboratories of DRDO inside two years (2010-12).

“The event actions commenced from June 2010 and the tank was fielded for consumer trials in June 2012. It took solely two years to develop and discipline the MBT Arjun Mk-1A for consumer trials from the consumer requirement,” the ministry mentioned.

“Intensive trial analysis was carried out in numerous phases protecting 7000 plus kms (each in DRDO and consumer trials) of automotive and substantial firing of assorted ammunition throughout 2012-2015,” it mentioned.

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