*FLASH* Army to Take All 14 MBT Arjun Tanks for Trial By September End

An official announcement from the Defence Ministry: The Indian Army today agreed to take all the 14 Main Battle Tanks (MBT) Arjun for trial by September 30, 2007. The decision was taken after successful demonstration of all modifications including medium fording ( i.e. going underwater) to the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony and other senior officials from the Ministry of Defence including the Secretary Defence Production Shri KP Singh and senior Army officials. Shri Antony who was on a day's visit to the Combat Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) and the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) at Avadi, was apprised of the various capabilities of MBT Arjun Tank. He was shown the various production capabilities at HVF. The Defence Minister congratulated all the stake holders for jointly solving the problems relating to the tank to the satisfaction of the Armed Forces.

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