The push for Atmanirbhar Bharat has brought the focus back on India’s own indeigenous tank Arjun. The campaign to boost local defence manufacturing will play a major role in indigenising more of the weapons platform that the Army uses in battle operations.
Atmanirbharta in defence
Defence minister Rajnath Singh had recently banned import of 101 items to give a push to local defence manufacturing. The list of banned import items includes weapons platform and military hardware.
According to a report in The Economic Times, the government has given a go-ahead to Army to procure lightweight tanks that can be easily deployed in difficult terrain especially along the India-China border.
The Arjun MBT came out as a better performer than the Russia T-90 in a desert trial. However, it has been weighed down by certain shortcomings.