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Advanced Version of MBT Arjun Mark-II To Undergo Serial Production in 2014

After more than 90 upgrades, an advanced variant of the indigenous
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun will undergo serial production in 2014.
The tank, Arjun Mark-II, will be equipped with an indigenous engine a
year after the start of its serial production to replace its German
power plant, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
officials told PTI.

“The advanced Arjun will be equipped with Explosive Reactive Armour and
missile-firing capability from its main gun and better night-vision
capabilities,” they said.

The officials said that the gear box of the tank too would be upgraded to improve its performance.

Meanwhile, the DRDO has decided to go ahead with the first phase of the
tank”s trial in June this year. “The user-Indian Army- would be
involved in the trial from the phase one itself. The second phase would
take place sometime early next year,” said the officials.

 
124 Arjun Mark-I tanks, comprising two regiments, have already been
inducted into the Army after being manufactured in Heavy Vehicles
Factory (HVF) in Avadi. The regiments are based in the western sector.