Here’s the sobering point though: this week, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1971 war. It was a year after this war that the Arjun project began — started specifically to give India a home-built battle tank it could manufacture in large numbers so that there would never again be a deficit of armour. With 124 Arjuns with the Army, and another 124 of the Mk.2 in the pipeline, we’re talking a total of 248 tanks — embarrassingly less than the intended figure of at least 2,000 that had initially been hoped for. That’s rough going. Let’s hope the Mk.2 is everything the Arjun was not. And more.
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