- Originally known as Chetak, the Arjun tank was renamed after a scooter of the same name that Bajaj Autos had manufactured at the time
- The Arjun Tank model was reproduced as the MBT Mk-1A, which has 72 additional features and more locally produced components than the Arjun Mk-1.
One of the strongest armies in the world is found in India. It uses a variety of fighter aircraft and vehicles for warfare. They include the Main Battle Tank (MBT). An armoured war vehicle called a tank is made to be the main offensive weapon in ground combat.
They are equipped with a large-caliber tank gun in the turret, machine guns, and other long-range armaments including rocket launchers or anti-tank guided missiles. The most recent weapon to be added to India’s defence arsenal is the Arjun Mk-1A Main Battle Tank. With the Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi, the defence ministry has placed an order for 118 locally made Arjun Mk-1A tanks worth Rs 7,523 crore in 2021.
What’s new in Arjun Mk-1A
The Arjun Tank model was reproduced as the MBT Mk-1A, which has 72 additional features and more locally produced components than the Arjun Mk-1. It is intended to increase firepower, mobility, and toughness. The MBT Arjun Mk-1A was created and developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization’s (DRDO) Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) and other research facilities.
The tank can go across country at 40 kmph and has a top speed of 70 kmph. Its length is 10.638 metres, height is 3.03 metres, width is 3.864 metres, and weight is 58.5 tonnes. A 120 mm rifled gun mounted on the Arjun can fire 6–8 rounds per minute. A coaxial 7.62 mm anti-personnel machine gun and a 12.7 mm rocket launcher are among the secondary weapons mm machine gun for ground and anti-aircraft defence.
History of Arjun Main Battle Tank
Originally known as Chetak, the Arjun tank was renamed after a scooter of the same name that Bajaj Autos had manufactured at the time. As a result, the then-chief of the Army, General AS Vaidya, suggested the name Arjun in 1985.
The first batch of 16 tanks, which were given to the 43rd Armoured Regiment as a squadron, entered service with the Indian Army in 2004. In 2009, the Indian Army had 45 tanks; by 2011, that number had increased to about 100. Two years after the Mk-1A tank’s initial conception in June 2010, it was made available for user trials.
A thorough trial evaluation with 7,000 kilometres and intensive firing of several types of ammunition was conducted in various phases between 2012 and 2015.