Indian Army Deploys First Indigenous Tank

13 March 2011 (Last Updated March 13th, 2011 18:30)

The Indian Army has deployed its first indigenous main battle tank (MBT), Arjun, with the army's 75 Regiment at Jaisalmer, India. Indian Army southern command general officer Lieutenant-General AK Singh said the deployment of the new tanks would strengthen the army's desert operations cap

The Indian Army has deployed its first indigenous main battle tank (MBT), Arjun, with the army's 75 Regiment at Jaisalmer, India.

Indian Army southern command general officer Lieutenant-General AK Singh said the deployment of the new tanks would strengthen the army's desert operations capabilities.

The Arjun features a 120mm main gun with indigenously developed munitions that can penetrate superiour armour, as well as a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a 12.7mm machine gun.

The tank, powered by a single multifuel diesel engine, will officially replace the existing Russian-made T55 main battle tanks.

An advanced variant of the Arjun main battle tank, Arjun mkII, will begin serial production in 2014 having undergone 90 upgrades.