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'Flaws Are Normal In Development Cycle'

The Arjun project's architect M. Natarajan took over as DRDO chief in September. He calls the Arjun battle-ready but the army refuses to operationalise it. Excerpts from an interview:

'Flaws Are Normal In Development Cycle'
'Flaws Are Normal In Development Cycle'
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Is Arjun induction-ready?
Yes. The tanks are being made ready for operational induction. Certain residual mandatory quality checks are being carried out by the DRDO and the army now.

They say Arjun can't be deployed in areas like Suratgarh and Hanumangarh, that the bridges can't bear its weight.
The Arjuns are designed as per tactical requirements of the army. These tanks have been fully 'exploited' during the user's evaluation in the subject terrain extensively, even in several "declared not-tankable areas" such as the Gurdaspur areas.

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