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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday handed over the Arjun Battle tank (MK-1A) to the Army.
Today PM Modi handed over the Arjun Battle tank to Army Chief General MM Naravane. The Arjun Main Battle Tank project was initiated by DRDO in 1972 with the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) as its lead laboratory. The objective was to create a “state-of-the-art tank with superior fire power, high mobility, and excellent protection”. The Arjun tanks stand out for their ‘Fin Stabilised Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS)’ ammunition and 120-mm calibre rifled gun. It also has a computer-controlled integrated fire control system which can work in all the lighting conditions.
The Indian Army got the first batch of 16 tanks in 2004 and they were inducted as a squadron of the 43 Armoured Regiment. In 2009, the first Arjun regiment of the Indian Army had 45 tanks. By 2011, over 100 tanks had been delivered. The Arjun tank is different from others tank like the Mk-1A it has the ability of missile firing and the greatest achievement is 54.3 per cent indeginous content against the 41 per cent in the earlier model.
After that Modi said in an function “Today, I am proud to dedicate to the nation one more warrior to protect our frontiers. I am proud to hand over the indigenously designed and manufactured Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A).” He also said “No Indian can forget this day. Two years ago, the Pulwama attack happened. We pay homage to all martyrs we lost in that attack. We are proud of our security forces. Their bravery will continue to inspire generations.”
By- BRATADEEP CHOUDHURY