Board of defense procurement (DAC) of India approved the purchase of 124 main battle tank Arjun Mk.II, reports PIB. The estimated price of a car is 370 million rupees (8.03 million dollars). Create tanks will be carried out at the factory in the town of HVF Avadi of Tamil Nadu. As expected, the assembly of the first batch of Arjun Mk.II will end in 2015.
In July 2011 it became clear that the command of the Army of India situated on the order 248 tanks Arjun — 124 Arjun Mk.I and the same amount of Arjun Mk.II. As expected, a hard contract with the defense research and development (DRDO) of India after the agreement of all the details of the deal will be signed at the end of 2011 year.
Work on the creation Arjun Mk.II was completed in February of this year. In June at the Pokhran range in Rajasthan were the first tests the latest cars, they were found to be successful. Lately, it will take a series of tests of systems implemented in Arjun Mk.II. According to the plans DRDO, tank must also pass the winter tests, which will begin in December 2011.
Arjun Mk.II different from the basic version of the newest active-reactive armor, guidance system and surveillance system as night vision and communications equipment. In addition, new tank will be able to launch anti-tank missiles through the gun barrel.