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6,000 crores approved for Arjun MK-1A tank purchase

The Ministry of Defense has approved the deal for the purchase of battle tank Arjun (MK-1A) for Rs 6,000 crore. It was approved at the meeting of the Defense Procurement Council on Tuesday. With this, 118 advanced Arjun tanks will be included in the army. Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the key to the army on 14 February. The council has approved the purchase of equipment worth Rs 13,700 crore including the tank deal. It also includes 820 armored vehicles. The government approved in 2012 to purchase 118 upgraded Arjun tanks. In 2014, the Defense Procurement Committee had also released Rs 6,600 crore for this. But on many sides of it, the army demanded reform. Hence the matter got stuck. Meanwhile, in 2015 the army Inked a deal to purchase 464 medium weight T-90 tanks from Russia for 14,000 crores. The Arjun Tank MK-1A was again given the green signal in 2020 after being upgraded on the basis of the Army’s demand. A regiment of 124 Arjun tanks has been inducted into the Army fleet in 2004, first stationed in Rajasthan. But these Arjun tanks are of the old model. Of these, the Army had given the need for about 72 types of reforms.

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