Chennai: The Army will be watching closely as
an updated version of its main battle tank Arjun, which has
incorporated 59 improvements, goes for a crucial trial in the
next three months.
The Mark-II version, being developed at Combat Vehicles
Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), will go for a
crucial trial in the next three months, DRDO sources said.
"We have incorporated 56 of the total 89 improvements
recommended in Arjun Mark II after the last test in Pokhran in
Rajasthan. We are hopeful of the next test which is scheduled
in December this year or January next year," they said.
The testing would also include firing of Lahat missile,
having a range of six kilometres.
After clearing the test, Mark-II will have to face final
integrated testing by Army in June 2012.
Some of the major improvements include changes in the
commander`s panoramic sight with eye safe LRF, night vision,
driver`s uncooled thermal image, digital control harness, new
final drive for increased weight, new track and sprocket.
"Once Arjun Mark-II comes out successfully through the
integrated testing in June next year, the production of the
latest version of Arjun tanks will start in Heavy Vehicles
Factory," the sources added.
Indian Army has ordered 142 MBT Arjun Mark-II which would
be ready for commissioning within a couple of years.