On 20th July 2020, To boost Make in India Initiative of the Indian government, the Defence Acquisition Council(DAC) chaired by Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Defence signed the contract worth Rs.557 crores (approximately) with Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for the procurement of 1,512 mine plough(MP) for the battle tank T-90 S/SK of Indian Army.
About the Contract:
i.The contract includes Buy and make (Indian) categorisation with a minimum of 50% of the indegenous content in the make portion of the contract.
ii.To increase the capabilities of the Indian army, induction of the 1512 mine ploughs is planned to be completed by 2027.
The mine plough is a device fitted with the tanks that helps to clear a lane through the minefields for armoured fighting vehicles and reduces the risk factors to the men and machines.
i.The procured mine ploughs will be fitted to the T-90 Tanks, the main battle tanks of Indian Armoured Corps to facilitate the mobility of the individual tanks in the negotiating minefields
ii.The mine ploughs supports in reducing the mine casualties and extending the reach of the armoured formation to into the enemy territory.
About Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML):
Chairman & Managing Director– DR. D. K. Hota
Head Office– Bengaluru, Karnataka
About Ministry of Defence:
Union Minister– Rajnath Singh
Minister of State– Shripad Yesso Naik
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