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Made-in-India Arjun tanks ready to fire

August 07, 2004 18:06 IST

The first batch of five indigenously built Arjun Main Battle Tanks formally rolled out of the Heavy Vehicles Factory at suburban Avadi near Chennai today.

Describing the event as a red-letter day, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that India should be equally vigilant and determined not to secede even one millimetre of her land though the country had no territorial ambitions. India was not keen on annexing any territory or expanding her territory, he said.

Army Chief Gen N C Vij said India was keen to have less dependence on importing tools of warfare.

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In the statement Defence minister Pranab Mukherji said that 'We are not going to give even 1mm of land to anybody'but what about the land ...

Posted by Prateek Shukla

Sub: Arjun tanks ready to fire

I am very happy to read that five Arjun tanks rolled out of the Avadi factory. I trust that at least a thousand Arjun tanks ...

Posted by Nelson Lewis

Sub: Only can hope that Pranab does not repeat the blunders of the Pandit!

Its a healthy comment passed by the Defence Minster, surprisingly a Congressman. We can only hope that he really means and implements what he said ...

Posted by Vijayaraghavan

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Will someone please tell me how long the tank was under development.I think it took a long 20 something years? What a pace? What kind ...

Posted by Raj Khalid

Sub: Fighting talk is to be preferred

I am pleased to see the Arjun tanks roll out finally. I hope the technical problems that plagued the project are in the past. Pranabís ...

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