First images from the Trials of Arjun mk-II has surfaced and images will be published in coming edition of India today dated August 5 2012 , Real pictures of Arjun Mk-2 is quite similar to the DRDO presentation images which first surfaced in April this year before it was heading to Pokhran for DRDO trials and later in June Arjun MK-2 was handed over to Indian army for user trials .
The heavier Arjun Mk.2 incorporates some 93 improvements on the Mk.1 tank, 124 of which are already in operational service in two tank regiments in the Army. Army has already inducted 124 Arjun MK-1 tanks and have placed orders for 124 Arjun MK-2 tanks once they are satisfied with the improvements carried out on Arjun MK-2 , Sources close to idrw.org had informed few months back that Army might also place orders for more 124 Arjun MK-2 (248 MK-2 ) , bringing the total order close to 500 (372) , DRDO has been aiming for 500 order mark to make the whole development effort on Arjun tank a success .
Arjun MK-2 will enable DRDO to work on Future Main Battle Tank (FMBT), currently Drdo has been working with major Diesel engine manufacture to work on a locally developed 1,500 hp power pack for Arjun tanks and will develop a new Hybrid 1,500 hp power pack engine for FMBT . http://idrw.org/?p=13053