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Defence Ministry ready to clear over Rs 6,000 crore Arjun Mark 1A tank for Army


New Delhi: A few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Arjun Mark1A main battle tank to the nation, the Defense Ministry is ready on Tuesday to authorize the acquisition of these tanks worth over Rs 6,000 crore by the army.

The Ministry of Defense had recently authorized the induction of 118 Arjun Mark1A tanks into the Indian Army.

“The Defense Ministry will consider the proposal at the Defense Acquisition Council meeting to be held in the presence of the Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat and the Chief of the Army, the General Manoj Mukund Naravane, “defense sources told ANI.

The tank was entirely designed and developed by the DRDO in close coordination with the Indian Army.

118 tanks were to join the fleet of the first batch of 124 Arjun tanks which have already been introduced into the army and are deployed in the Western Desert along the Pakistani front.

The 118 Arjun tanks would also form two regiments in the Indian Army Armored Corps like the first 124 tanks.

Officials said the military has reduced the number of tanks required to form a tank regiment and that is why the current order is six tanks less than the previous order for two regiments.

The DRDO has been developing the Arjun Mark 1A for some time now and the project has been accelerated by the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, and the DRDO chief, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, to increase the level of indigenous weapons systems in the armed forces.

The Arjun was designed by the DRDO`s Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) based in Chennai.

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