Press Release for First Arjun Regiment 
                  
43rd armored regiment henceforth will be proudly called as ARJUN REGIMENT. Heavy Vehicle Factory, Avadi handed over 16 Arjun  tanks  signifying  the cumulative of 45 main battle tanks i.e. Arjun  for  Indian army through the hands of the Director General of mechanized force Lt. Gen D. Bharadwaj, Vsm. Sri S. Chandrasekar,  Addl DG  Ordinance Factory(AV) was the happiest man  to deliver the state of art main battle tank designed and developed by CVRDE, Avadi along with other DRDO and industrial partners. Dr. Shivathanu Pillai Chief Controller DRDO, flagged -off the tanks amidst   a jubilant  crowd in a festival mood. The regiment of 45 tanks will be subjected to a conversion training and field practice for a period of 3 months. Thereafter, the Army is planning to conduct a comparative trial with T90 tanks in Oct/Nov 2009 to assess the operational deployment role of the tanks. The present batch of 124 tanks will be delivered by March 2010.

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As there was a long gap from the R&D phase to production phase from 1993 to 2000, problems related to reestablishing production lines and vendor sources and resolving overseas issues like technology denials in view of Pokhran testing, change over and mergers of OEMS for the critical items delayed initial commencement of production. In order to meet the production requirement, additional infrastructure facilities and machine tools were established at HVF, Avadi and Ordnance Factory, Medak. However the first pilot batch of production tanks were handed over to Army in 7th August 2004 in the presence of then Honorable Defense Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee, During subsequent production, Army insisted upon the demonsration of medium fording capabilities of the tank. Both C V R D E and HVF, continuously worked on war footing , to meet the stringent requirement of medium fording to a hight of 2.1m in water with preperation time of 30 minutes as retro-fitment solution and demonstrated sucessfully to defence minister Hon?ble Sri AK Antony and other VVIPs on 2nd July, 2007. Subsequently the production tanks were incorporated with all medium fording modification and the next batch of nine tanks were  handed over by Sep2007. The remaining 62 tanks will be handed over to Army before March 2010 as desired by indian army. The DG MF has told  with a happy note that arjun is the proud possession of Indian  army .