- Mar 2, 2020
Arjun MK-II is all set and gearing up for its final Summer Trials which are to be held by end of next month or in early July before it hits productions.-Indian army has asked for 93 improvements to the Arjun Mark II tank including 19 major modifications.
All the modifications suggested by the army had been successfully incorporated in the tank and will be ready for final trials by Indian army after which DRDO will seek clearance for production to start.-Heavy Vehicles Factory-(HVF) Avadi will need-30 months-(Two and a half years) to deliver-first batch-of-Arjun MK-2-to Indian army, DRDO is also hoping for fresh orders of Arjun MK-II from its current 126 placed by Indian army some time back.
MK-2-will see-increase-in-weight-from-62 tonne-to-67 tonne.-The-suspension-has been-re-designed-to handle-up to 70 tonne weight.-Wheels are bigger in dimensions-and have improved track length, MK-2 will be powered by the same MTU engine imported from Germany but it has been improved to carry extra weight of the tank but the-top speed-of the-tank-will be limited to-58kmph-coming down from 72kmph seen on MK-1 Arjun.-DRDO is working on indigenous powerhouse for future tanks but Integrations with Arjun can only happen if Army places order for 3 more Regiments of Arjun MKII (350). Otherwise it will only serve in next generation battle tank which Drdo is developing under Futuristic Main Battle Tank (FMBT) Program for Indian Army post 2020.
MK-2-will have improvements like-missile firing capability, improved commander's panoramic sight with night vision,-Hunter killer capability, improved Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) , improved communication equipment along with better navigation aid ,-full frontal Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA), Mine plough , improved gun barrel , additional ammunition types.
In Previous trials MK2 did not face any issues and Army was satisfied with its performance, DRDO has now completed all the improvements asked by Indian army on MK-2 variant and hopes Army will be satisfied after final rounds of trials and clears production of it along with fresh orders.
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Arjun Mk-1A – India’s indigenous main battle tank ready to join the Indian army
The most lethal, sophisticated and all-weather battle tank that India has indigenously designed a 68-tonne rugged bull the Arjun Mk-1A is ready to join the Indian army.
It will be shown in the 11th biennial edition of DefExpo India 2020 that will be conducted in February 2020 in Lucknow the Uttar Pradesh capital.
After the successful completion of the final integration tests of Arjun Mk-1A that had been conducted in the desert of the Rajasthan this year by the Armoured Corps of the Indian Army who is currently operating the 2 regiments of Arjun Mk-1 the earlier version of the tank.
The new version of the Arjun tank has passed the rigorous army evaluation test.
The main working force for the improvised version of Arjun is the Scientists of Chennai-based Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
After getting the orders the commencement of the manufacturing the tank would begin in the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) of Avadi.
As per the top officials of the DRDO, the Arjun MBT Mk-1A has undergone 72 improvements out which the India Army had specifically requested 14 major upgrades have also been done.
The Arjun MBT Mk-1A has been improved on all fundamental parameters of a battle tank that are firepower, protection and mobility...Read more http://www.defencezealer.com/arjun-mk-1a-ready-to-join-the-indian-army/