The Army had asked for 93 improvements to Arjun Mark II which includes the capability of firing the anti-tank LAHAT missile.
DRDO Chairman Dr. S Christopher expressed confidence in the latest iteration of indigenous tank Arjun Mark II while inaugurating POINTS 21 Batch of Post Induction Training School programme for newly inducted DRDO scientists at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology in Pune. He said that the necessary modifications have been made to the advanced version of the battle tank as per the recommendations of the Army.
The Army had asked for 93 improvements to the tank which includes the capability of firing the anti-tank LAHAT missile, laser protection suite and improved armoured protection. “We have done the modifications, it will go through the trials and there is a possibility that Arjun MK II will be accepted by Army and two regiments have already agreed to induct the tanks,” said Christopher.
As per DRDO, Arjun Mark II can fire missiles, has advanced explosive reactive armour panels, mine plough, automatic target tracking, advanced land navigation system, digital control harness and advanced commander panoramic sight.
The tank will have a better gun barrel with an equivalent firing charge (strength of the barrel to sustain firing) of 500 rounds against the T-72’s 250 rounds.