Q1. Does anyone know if they will be ordering another 118 on top of the first 118 batch of Mk2s?
Q2. Is it possible to convert the Mk1s to Mk2s? How Mk1s are there now? Wiki Chacha says 248 Mk1s were built. Is that true?
Q3. How many tanks in an armoured regiment?
A1. No intent beyond 118. The final total quantities of Arjun it wants has not been disclosed by the IA.
A2. No Wiki is wrong. 124 Mk.1 were built and delivered between 2008-2012. The second order never materialized due to the IA waiting around to place an order. By then the production had completed. It takes at least 2.5 years from production order to first lot delivery. The decision was taken to switch the second order to Mk.2. The total order remains around 250 Arjuns (Mk1 and Mk2) at this point in time.
A3. 45 tanks per regiment. Additional quantities in reserves. Numbers in reserves have been reduced. So lesser numbers are being ordered from 124 to 118.