The Indian Defence Ministry is likely to consider a proposal to buy one million (10 lakh) multi-mode hand grenades for its army under the ‘Make in India’ project in the military sector.
This proposal for buying hand grenades will replace the existing HE-36 grenades which are indigenously manufactured by the Ordnance Factory Board which comes under the Ministry of Defence, reported ANI news agency. The multi-mode grenades have been developed by the DRDO and a production agency has been selected to manufacture them in large numbers. Hand grenades are among the few critical weapons that soldiers need in the time of war as they can be used to cause heavy damage to enemy positions or bunkers apart from taking out their soldiers.
“A proposal for buying 10 lakh hand grenades from an Indian firm would be considered by the MOD at a high-level meeting to be chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman this week,” government sources told ANI.
In a bid to modernize the weapons provided to the soldiers of the defense forces the Indian government already signed two new contracts for modern rifles, American made ‘SIG Sauer’ and ‘AK-203’ which will be a Joint venture with Russia.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have been heightened after the Pulwama attack on February 14 in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives.