The Defence Ministry on 23 September 2021 sealed a contract to procure 118 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun for the Indian Army at a cost of Rs 7,523 crore, in a major move to boost its combat capabilities. The defence ministry placed the order for the Arjuna Mk-1A tanks with the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF).

What

  1. The MBT Mk-1A is a new variant of Arjun Tank designed to enhance fire power, mobility and survivability, infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content from the Mk-1 variant.
  2. The ministry said the tanks would ensure effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engagement during day and night.
  3. 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.
  4. It can take on the enemy during day and night conditions and in both static and dynamic modes.

Flashback

  1. The MBT Arjun Mk-1A has been designed and developed by Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), along with other laboratories of DRDO within two years (2010-12).
  2. The development activities commenced from June 2010 and the tank was fielded for user trials in June 2012.