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DRDO to proceed in Arjun Mk2 development with Lighter Turret, Indigenous Engine among few other new additions

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DRDO to proceed in Arjun Mk2 development with Lighter Turret, Indigenous Engine among few other new additions
Arjun Mk2 CGI by artist Kunal Saini

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has officially greenlit the advancement of the Arjun Mk2, marking a significant stride in India’s indigenous main battle tank (MBT) program. This decision follows the successful adoption of the Arjun Mk1A variant by the Indian Army, signaling a commitment to enhancing indigenous defense capabilities.

Evolution of the Arjun Series

Experts within the defense community, as reported by idrw.org, elaborate on the strategic evolution from the Mk1 variant to the Mk1A and now to the forthcoming Mk2. The Mk1A acted as a crucial transitional phase, addressing immediate needs while paving the way for the more advanced Mk2 variant.

Redesigned Turret for Enhanced Maneuverability

A standout feature of the Arjun Mk2 will be its revamped turret, boasting a remarkable 3-4 ton reduction in weight compared to its predecessors. This significant weight reduction translates to improved agility and maneuverability on the battlefield, enhancing the tank’s overall performance and combat effectiveness.

Indigenous Powerhouse: DATRAN V12 Engine

Central to the Mk2’s enhancements is the integration of the indigenous DATRAN V12 turbocharged diesel engine. While some Mk1A units may utilize the 1400 hp MTU 838 Ka 501 engine, the DRDO is prioritizing the DATRAN V12 as the primary power source. This indigenous engine underscores India’s quest for self-reliance in defense manufacturing and is slated for production readiness by 2026.

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Arjun Mk2 CGI by artist Kunal Saini

Strategic Focus on Immediate Upgrades

Amidst anticipation surrounding the Futuristic Main Battle Tank (FMBT) slated for post-2030 production, the DRDO remains steadfast in its commitment to enhancing existing capabilities. The expedited development of the Mk2, scheduled for completion by 2026-27, ensures that the Indian Army receives a more agile and capable MBT in the interim period.

Charting a Course for Indigenous Defense Excellence

The DRDO’s decision to advance the Arjun Mk2 program reflects India’s dedication to achieving self-sufficiency and technological excellence in defense manufacturing. By leveraging indigenous innovations such as the DATRAN V12 engine and lightweight turret design, India is poised to bolster its defense capabilities and assert its position as a global leader in defense technology.

The development of the Arjun Mk2 signifies a pivotal moment in India’s defense modernization journey. With a focus on innovation and indigenous development, the Mk2 promises to elevate the nation’s armored capabilities and strengthen its defense preparedness for the challenges of tomorrow.

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