Indian Army to buy additional 124 Arjun main battle tank from DRDO

  • 12:00 AM, May 17, 2010
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The Army on Monday placed a fresh order for an additional 124 'Arjun' main battle tanks, after it reportedly fared better than the Russian-made T-90 tank during comparative trials earlier this year, an agency report said quoting an Indian MOD spokesperson. The new order comes in the wake of reports that Arjun had outdone the Russian-made T-90 tanks during comparative trials in the deserts of Rajasthan earlier this year. "The Army has decided to place fresh order for an additional home-built 124 Main Battle Tank Arjun. This is over and above the existing order of 124 tanks. The development follows the success of the indigenous MBT Arjun in the recent gruelling desert trials," a defence ministry spokesperson said here. The Army already has a 45-tank-strong regiment comprising Arjuns, which were delivered to the Army by the Avadi-based Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) in the middle of last year. The Army had in 2004 placed its first order for 124 Arjun MBTs, of which nearly 50 have been delivered by the HVF. The defence ministry had last week decided to go in for the development of second-generation of Arjun tanks to give a boost to Defence Research and Development Organisation's efforts in this regard.
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