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MoD, BDL sign deal for supply of 4, 690 MILAN-2T ATGMs  to Indian Army

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Defence Ministry seals deal with BDL to acquire newThe Acquisition wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed INR 1, 188 Crore deal with Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) for acquiring 4, 960 MILAN-2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) for the Indian Army. The deal will boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Government.

  • The induction of 4, 960 tanks is expected to be completed in three years.
  • MILAN-2T missiles have a range of 1, 850 metres. They are capable of being fired from ground as well as vehicle-based launchers.
  • MILAN-2T is being produced by BDL under license from French defence major MBDA Missile Systems.
  • The acquisition is expected to enhance the operational readiness of the Indian Army.
  • The deal will be a big opportunity for the Defence Industry in India to achieve ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ in the defence sector.

Signatories

The contract was signed by Dipti Mohil Chawla, Joint Secretary (AM & LS) on behalf of Ministry of Defence & Commodore T N Kaul (Retd), Executive Director (marketing) on behalf of BDL.

Background

The latest order is basically a ‘Repeat Order’ of contract, which was signed with BDL on March 8, 2016.

Features

  • MILAN-2T is a man portable (Infantry) Second-Generation ATGM.
  • It is capable of destroying battle tanks fitted with explosive reactive armour, moving and stationary targets.
  • It can be deployed in both Anti-Tank Roles for both offensive & Defensive tasks.
  • MILAN-2T Missile is a product of Euromissile, a Franco-West German missile development program

Boost for Domestic Manufacturing Industries

Many defence items have been earmarked exclusively for production in India by the Ministry of Defence.

  • Government has released a list of negative imports. An Negative list essentially means that the 3  Armed Forces can procure the listed items only from the domestic manufacturers.
  • Several of BDL’s products like Surface-to-Air Missile & Astra Air-to-Air weapon system are covered under the list.
  • According to a report by SIPRI, India’s import of arms decreased by 33% between 2011-15 and 2016-20 due to its increased push for ‘Make-in-India’ initiative

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About  Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL):

CMD – Siddharth Mishra
Head Office – Hyderabad, Telangana