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Arjun Mk-1A Battle Tanks

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  • 24 Sep 2021
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Recently, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed an order with Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Chennai for supply of 118 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army.

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  • About:
    • The state–of-the-art MBT Mk-1A is a new variant of Arjun Tank designed to enhance fire power, mobility and survivability.
      • The Arjun Main Battle Tank project was initiated by DRDO in 1972.
    • Infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content from the Mk-1 variant, the tank would ensure effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engagement during day and night.
    • This indigenous MBT proves to be at par with any contemporary in its class across the globe.
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  • Mk1A and MkII:
    • The development of Arjun Mk1 was followed by improved variants - Mk1A and MkII.
    • Arjun Mk1A, which features improved firepower and transmission systems, completed the final integration tests in 2019 and was cleared for production.
    • The Arjun MkII variant is a light-weight Futuristic Main Battle Tank (FMBT) with electro-optical sensors and high-power lasers.

Source: PIB

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