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Prime Minister has handed over the indigenously developed Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Indian Army. The ceremony was held in Chennai.
Arjun Main Battle Tank:
- It is a third-generation main battle tank. Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) initiated this project in 1972. The Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment(CVRDE) is its lead laboratory in this project.
- However, The Indian Ordnance Factory’s production facility in Avadi, Tamil Nadu began its mass production only in 1996.
- Objective: This state-of-the-art tank created to provide the Indian army with superior firepower, high mobility, and excellent protection.
- Named after: The tank is named after Arjun, the archer prince. He is one of the main protagonists of the Indian epic Mahabharata.
- The main feature of Arjun tanks is its ‘Fin Stabilised Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS)’ ammunition and 120-mm calibre rifled gun.
- It also has a computer-controlled integrated fire control system. This system has a stabilised sighting that works in all lighting conditions.
- Tank has secondary weapons including, a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun for anti-personnel and a 12.7-mm machine gun for anti-aircraft and ground targets.
How is Mk-1A different from earlier versions?
- It is a weapon platform with superior firepower, high mobility, excellent protection and crew comfort.
- However, the biggest achievement of the latest version is, it is made up of 54.3% indigenous content. It is 41% in the earlier model.
Source: Indian Express