India no longer has to look abroad for military equipment, no need to be dependent on technology transfer, no need to be afraid of US or European sanctions. As the days go by, India is becoming more self-sufficient in defense. A few days ago, the cabinet gave the green signal for the export of defense equipment made in India under the ‘Make in India’ project. India is ‘self-sufficient’ in every field of defense – land, water and sky.
Now another moment of the success of ‘Self-reliant India’ is before the country. It is rumored that two regiments of the Arjun 1A tank, built with new indigenous technology for the Indian Army, are being ordered. The two regiments consisting of 117 tanks were formed by the Defense Research and Development Organization of India (DRDO). More importantly, it has more than 61 new adjustments since the initial editions. It is expected that the normal route for clearance will be taken in this case and the Defense Acquisition Council and the Cabinet Committee on Security will soon issue the necessary clearances. The Times Now reported that the deal could cost the government a total of Rs 6,956 crore (roughly). However, it is not only the cost of the tanks, but also the additional equipment (ancillary) and servicing that is included in the contract.
The army already has various regiments of earlier versions of Arjuna. Although the Russian-designed T-90 is the army’s main battle tank (MBT), Arjun has plans to use it as an armored vehicle. It is being considered for use exclusively in the southern Rajasthan region and in the Thor Desert, according to a report by Times Now. Tank operation in Punjab and northern Rajasthan has now become more difficult due to rapid population growth, increase in canals, ditches and vegetation and arable land. Not only do we have to have our own tanks, we also have to destroy the enemy’s armored forces. Five domestic technology anti-tank weapons are in the final stages of trial, a government source told Defense News. These include the Nag Anti-Tank Guided Missile, a unique and sophisticated version of it, a weapon that can be fired from a helter-skelter or a helicopter. An MPATGM or man-portable version of Arjun’s barrel is also being made.