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In a significant development for India’s quest for self-reliance in defense technology, Engine Factory Avadi (EFA) has successfully repaired the engine of an Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT) indigenously. This milestone achievement was witnessed by Dr. Samir V Kamat, Secretary/Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, during his recent visit to the facility on January 7, 2024.

The Arjun tank, currently the backbone of India’s armored warfare capabilities, is powered by the MTU 838 Ka-501 engine, manufactured by MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH of Germany. EFA, a unit of AVNL, took on the challenging task of repairing this complex engine without relying on OEM support, showcasing India’s growing expertise in this critical area.

Dr. Kamat lauded the efforts of the entire team of AVNL and CVRDE Avadi for undertaking this project and successfully completing the first run of the repaired engine. He emphasized that this achievement is a crucial step towards India’s journey of “Make in India” and “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (Self-reliant India) in the defense sector.

The success of this project holds immense potential for the Indian Army. Not only does it demonstrate India’s ability to maintain its existing fleet of Arjun tanks, but it also paves the way for future indigenous development of engine technologies for advanced armored vehicles.

During his visit, Dr. Kamat also reviewed the ongoing R&D projects at EFA and AVNL, showcasing the continuous efforts being made to enhance India’s defense capabilities. The presence of AVNL CO Chairman and Managing Director Sanjay Dwivedi, Director CVRDE Avadi, Chief General Manager of EFA Sh Rajeev Mathur, Chief General Manager of Heavy Vehicles Factory VR Rambhad, and other officers further underscores the collaborative spirit driving these initiatives.

The successful repair of the Arjun tank engine is a testament to the dedication and expertise of Indian scientists and engineers. This achievement marks a significant step forward in India’s quest for self-reliance in defense technology and paves the way for a more robust and independent national security apparatus.

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