India to Begin Advanced MBT Serial Production in 2014

16 February 2011 (Last Updated February 16th, 2011 18:30)

India's indigenous main battle tank (MBT), Arjun mkII, will undergo serial production in 2014, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said. "The user, the Indian Army, would be involved in the trial from phase one itself. The second phase would take place sometime

India's indigenous main battle tank (MBT), Arjun mkII, will undergo serial production in 2014, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said.

"The user, the Indian Army, would be involved in the trial from phase one itself. The second phase would take place sometime early next year," officials confirmed.

Arjun mkII will be equipped with an indigenous engine to replace its German power plant and will undergo the first phase of user trails in June.

The advanced variant will also be equipped with explosive reactive armour, missile-firing capability from its main gun and better night-vision capabilities.

The tank's gear box will be upgraded to improve its performance, which has already undergone more than 90 upgrades to date.

The Indian Army has already inducted 124 Arjun mkI tanks, according to the Press Trust of India.