The production line of the India’s own Main Battle Tank “Arjun” will see a idle time for around 30 months. As we reported in August, that around 85 tanks have been already delivered to Indian Army. Currently the production is at its fag end for the initial 124 tank order. The issue lies in delayed ordering. The Defence Acquisition Committee (DAC) had finalised the order for the next batch of 124 tanks around June 2010. As per DRDO, the lead time for production of the next batch is 30 months.
DRDO says that the delay is in production is unavoidable due to delayed ordering.
The production order for next lot of Arjun Tank is not specific to Mk2. DRDO says that it made the decision to deliver Mark 2 tanks to the Indian Army. As per DRDO, the Phase one trials of Mark 2 Arjun Tanks are scheduled for June 2011 and the Phase two trials are scheduled for June 2012.
The production of the next lot of 124 tanks may be contigent on the results of the Phase one, two trials. As per DRDO, if the trials go well, the production can restart in mid 2013 and all the deliveries can be made 30 months.