In collaboration with Heavy Vehicles Factory, the Ministry of Defence has placed an order worth ₹7,523 crore for the supply of 118 Arjun Mk-1A tanks to Indian Army.
According to Defence Ministry, the tank has been designed and developed by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE).
It is an upgrade version of Arjun MBT, the in-service battle tank with the Indian Army. It is designed to enhance firepower, mobility, and survivability and infused with more than 60 new features. The tank can operate both during the day and night conditions and in both static and dynamic modes.
"The MK-1A is equipped with accurate and superior firepower, all-terrain mobility, and 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," the ministry said.
"This production order to HVF, Avadi opens up a large avenue in defence manufacturing for over 200 Indian vendors including MSMEs, with employment opportunities to around 8,000 people,” the defence ministry said.
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