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NEWS: India's First Battle Tank Is Ready for Combat

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posted on Aug, 3 2004 @ 12:00 PM
India's first entirely independantly produced main battle tank has finally been completed and is ready to be displayed. It is known as the Arjun and was originally conceived over 20 years ago. The tank has a 120mm gun and can "defeat any armour used in any other tank across the world". India's army has already ordered 124 of the MBT Arjun and if it performs well, orders are expected to greatly increase.
One of the most prestigious and the much delayed projects of the Indian Army, the indigenous production of the main battle tank named Arjun, initiated some two decades ago, will at last roll out in a couple of days.

Designed and developed by the Combat Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), the Arjun tank would roll out from Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi in Chennai 7 August, where it was manufactured. On that day, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee would hand over the tanks to the Chief of Army Staff General N C Vij at a function to be held at the factory.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

With India clearly growing in power, such a tank in mass numbers could easily defeat a country such as Pakistan in a war. All India would need is a shift in US foreign policy from supporting Pakistan to supporting India to be able to win a war against its seemingly constant sparring partner.

India has tested the tank and the defence ministry is very satisfied with its results.

This website has the specs for the tank from the 15th preproduction model. It currently can't be confirmed if these are the specs for the final model though. Spec Sheet

[edit on 3-8-2004 by Zion Mainframe]

posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 04:07 PM
looks similar to the M1A2 and Leopard tanks. the last link was very informative, thanks!

posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 05:11 PM
I think this tank will be more than a match for the T-84s that Pakistan has purchased from the Ukraine. I think if these two countires ever go at it and dont use nukes Pakistan is going to lose.

posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 05:31 PM
But tanks no worky in Kashmir.

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