The real star was the Arjun battle tank with its big guns and machine guns — children thronged around it to take pictures. I met head on with a tank fitted with the upgraded Schilka weapon system which boasts to be self-propelled; a low air defence weapon system capable of firing multiple rounds under all weather conditions. Despite being recently-widened, East Coast Road was crawling with traffic heading towards Tiruvidenthai for the 10th edition of Defexpo 2018. Also in the vicinity were artillery guns one generally only see in news casts and films. Exhausted and drenched in sweat, I decided to turn back and hit the road before getting caught in traffic again.
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