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Arjun tank: Building a defence industrial base

The sprawling premises of the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) in Avadi near Chennai are the birthplace of the tanks that form the cutting edge of the Indian Army. The two major tank production lines here present contrasting pictures.  On the one hand is the T-90 production line, evidently the line of the future. Presently reassembling knocked down T-90 tanks that are shipped from Russia, this is where the bulk of India's 3,500-tank fleet could be manufactured once the domestic production kicks into gear.  The other production line is that of the Arjun. Newly set up in a giant shed at ...