The Defence Acquisition Council formally has approved the acquisition of 118 Arjun Mark 1A tanks on 23rd February 2021.
- The Acquisition approval was given for the Indian Army at a cost of Rupees 6,000 crores.
- This move will be a boost domestic defence sector.
- It was given for 58-tonne weight DRDO-developed tanks.
- These tanks will be ready for delivery within the 30 months of signing the contract.
- These Tanks have been fully designed and developed by DRDO in collaboration with the Indian Army.
- The 118 tanks would join the fleet of first batch of 124 Arjun tanks.
- The Arjun tanks have already been inducted into Indian Army and are deployed along the Pakistan Border in the western desert.
- 118 tanks will also form two regiments in Armoured Corps of the Indian Army on the line of 124 tanks.
Other Recent approvals
- Apart from that, Ministry of Defence also approved for the acquisition of indigenously-developed Nag anti-tank guided missile and Arudhra medium power radar.
- Defence Acquisition Council also accorded three Acceptance of Necessities (AoNs) at an overall cost of Rupees 13,700 crore.
- All these AoNs are in the highest priority category of acquisition- “Buy Indian-IDDM” where IDDM stands for Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured.
About NAG missile
The third generation anti-tank guided missile NAG missile has the capability of top attack because of which it can effectively engage and destroy all the known enemy tanks in the day as well as night time. Final trial of the Nag anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) was conducted in October 2020 and now the missile is ready to be inducted into Indian Army.
About Arjun Tank
The third-generation main battle tank Arjun Tank has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation. Arjun Tank was developed for Indian Army. It has been after Arjun from the Indian epic Mahabharata. The Tank comprises of 120 mm main rifled gun.
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