Arjun MBT (Credit: As tagged) India is equipping its Arjun MBT with the LAHAT missile produced ...
|Arjun MBT (Credit: As tagged)|
India is equipping its Arjun MBT with the LAHAT missile produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The missile will provide the tank with the ability to hit moving targets from great distances while in motion.
IAI developed and produced the LAHAT – a laser-guided missile that can be launched from a tank's cannon, reaching its target by homing in on a laser spot. The shell-missile weighs approximately 12 kg and has a range of 8 km, including a lethal 2.5 kg warhead.
|Quad Pack LAHAT ATGM used ind Attack Helicopter.|
Despite the many technical difficulties the Arjun tank project experienced over the years, its serial production and is well underway.
The Indian army recently announced that it intends to order 250 more improved Arjun tanks following the conclusion of the user tests. The newer version has received dozens of improvements compared to the MK-1 variant.
Improvements include its mobility, brigade-power, and the capability to fire missiles through a gun barrel. The tank will also be equipped with advanced reactive shielding.
The Indian Army has committed to continue procuring the tanks if the improvements prove worthy during testing. Four brigades equipped with the Arjun tanks are expected to be operational by 2016.