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Arjun Main Battle Tank MK-1A

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    15th Feb, 2021


  • The indigenously developed Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) has been handed over to the Indian Army.

Arjun Main Battle Tank

  • The Arjun Main Battle Tank project was initiated by DRDO in 1972.


  • It has ‘Fin StabilisedArmour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS)’ ammunition.
  • It is fitted with a 120-mm caliber rifled gun.
  • It also has a computer-controlled integrated fire control system.
  • Secondary weapons
  • A co-axial 7.62-mm machine gun for anti-personnel.
  • It has a 12.7-mm machine gun for anti-aircraft and ground targets.


  • To create a “state-of-the-art tank with superior firepower, high mobility, and excellent protection”.

Organizations involved

  • The Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) is its lead laboratory.
  • DRDO along with 15 academic institutions, eight labs, and several MSMEs are other partners.