(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) Security Scan: Arjun MK-1A Main Battle Tank
Topic: Arjun MK-1A Main Battle Tank
- Lt. Gen. A. B. Shivane (Retd., Former Director General, Mechanised Forces)
- Maj. Gen. Ravi Arora (Retd., Defence Expert)
- Dinakar Peri, (Senior Journalist)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday handed over to the Army the home-made Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A), dubbed by him as an example of India's united spirit as the south made armoured vehicle will guard the northern borders of the country. At a function, he also accepted a salute by the state- of-the-art tank, indigenously designed, developed, and manufactured by the Defence Research and Development Organisation's Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment. Arjun MK 1 Alpha is a "contemporary tank with battle winning efficacy. It is ''infused'' with 71 new features and would ensure effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engagement during day and night. The production order opens up a large avenue in defence manufacturing for over 200 Indian companies and scores of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with employment opportunities to 8,000 people. The tank is a "shining example" of the Centre's much touted "atmanirbhar bharat," a concept of attaining self- reliance in various sectors including defence.