New Delhi: After receiving orders for 124
more Arjun main battle tanks, the DRDO has decided to supply
an advanced version of the weapon system to meet the
requirements of the Army.
"We will have the modifications (on Arjuns) that the
Army is looking for," Defence Research and Development
Organisation chief V K Saraswat said here today.
He was asked if the DRDO had any plans of delivering a
more advanced version of Arjun to the Army as part of the next
order. The DRDO chief was talking to reporters on the
sidelines of a function to mark the golden jubilee of the
Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS).
Saraswat said that the DRDO had already started
working on the mark II version of the tank, which will
incorporate a number of modifications that have been sought by
"We have to make certain modifications in the tank,
which we call the Arjun mark II version. Development process
on mark II is already in progress and our scientists and the
Army are working together," Saraswat said.
The DRDO chief said the decision by the Army to place
orders for 124 more Arjuns will ensure that the assembly line
of the tanks is "engaged".
Army has till date placed orders for 248 Arjun tanks
of which 124 have already been delivered to it. The orders for
additional 124 tanks was placed after the comparative trials
in March and April this year.
The comparative trials between the Arjun and the
Russian T-90 were carried out to decided the future of the
tank in the Army, during which the indigenous tanks reportedly
The DRDO wants the Army to place orders for at least
500 Arjuns to recover its investments before staring work on
the futuristic main battle tank for the service.
Commenting on the role of INMAS during the recent
Mayapuri radiation leak case here, Saraswat said, "INMAS also
has the expertise of detecting nuclear radiation and we
provided the fastest response to the casualties there. We were
able to send our teams within four hours and we also found out
the level of radiation."