Reliance Infra is planning to ship the hull and turret prototype elements for India’s essential battle tank (MBT), Arjun Mark II, to Combat Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) six months forward of schedule, The HinduBusinessLine has reported.
“We are ready to deliver the hull and turret for the Arjun Mark II MBT six months ahead of schedule. This is amongst the first such projects to be awarded to the private sector in India, with the longer-term objective of creating alternative capacities and capabilities,” a Reliance spokesperson instructed The HinduBusinessLine.
The CVRDE has been trying to enhance manufacturing of the MBT to fulfill Indian Army’s necessities. Therefore, it had roped in non-public gamers together with the Ordnance Factory Board, the general public sector unit (PSU) which was already supplying elements. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had given approval for buying 118 Arjun Mark II MBTs at a value of Rs 6,600 crore.
The Arjun Mark II model weighs lower than 50 tonnes and has 90 enhancements over its earlier model (Mark I). It additionally depends largely on indigenous elements. Reliance is concentrating on enterprise price Rs 2,500 crore in defence manufacturing as soon as mass manufacturing begins, in line with the report.