In a move to spice up its fight capabilities. the Defence Ministry on Thursday finalised a contract to acquire 118 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army at a price 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 stated in an announcement.
The manufacturing order will open up a big avenue in defence manufacturing for over 200 Indian distributors, together with MSMEs, with employment alternatives for round 8,000 folks.
The MBT Mk-1A is a brand new variant of Arjun tank, the in-service primary battle tank with the Indian Army. It is designed to boost fireplace energy, mobility, and survivability, infused with 72 new options and extra indigenous content material from the Mk-1 variant.
“The order, worth Rs 7,523 crore, will provide further boost to the Make in India initiative in the defence sector and is a big step towards achieving ”Aatmanirbhar Bharat”,” it stated.
The ministry stated the tanks would guarantee easy mobility in all terrains, apart from exact goal engagement throughout day and night time. “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. It can take on the enemy during day and night conditions and in both static and dynamic modes,” it added.
It has been designed and developed by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), together with different laboratories of DRDO inside two years (2010-12) by incorporating quite a few upgrades on Arjun MBT. The improvement actions commenced from June 2010 and the tank was fielded for person trials in June 2012.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had handed over the MBT Arjun Mk-1A to Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane in Chennai on February 14, 2021.