Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sixteen Arjun MBTs Set to Roll Into Indian Army

DRDO is all set to deliver sixteen Arjun MBTs will be handed over to the Army on May 25, reports Press Trust of India quoting DRDO sources in Chennai.

K Sridhar, DRDO scientist and spokesperson for the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), which is building a total of 124 such tanks, said here that chief controller R&D, DRDO, A Sivathanu Pillai would flag off the consignment at CVRDE Avadi unit on Monday.

The CVRDE, a laboratory of DRDO, had already delivered 29 MBTs in two instalments till March this year. The forthcoming delivery would mark the successful completion of the distribution of First Arjun Regiment, he said.

"A Regiment consists of 45 MBT Arjun Tanks and with this we will be completing the distribution of first set of Arjun Regiment,"he said. The next Regiment would be delivered in another six to nine months, he added.

The CVRDE had bagged orders for the production of 124 Arjun Tanks worth of Rs 1,760 crore in March 2000, he said. Explaining the salient features of Arjun MBT, Sridhar said the tanks can fire at a range of 3-4 km and have great mobility and are equipped with high protection facility.

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