Govt OKs ₹8K cr Army telecom upgrade plan

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NEW DELHI: The cabinet committee on security has approved the long-pending Rs 7,796 crore project to further upgrade the Army’s digital telecommunication network across the


. The phase-IV of the Army Static

Switched Communication Network

(ASCON) will be implemented by public sector unit ITI over the next three years under a contract inked on Thursday.
“The project will augment the Army’s communication network in sensitive forward areas. It will provide a major boost to the

operational preparedness

of the force, especially keeping in view the current operational situation at the LAC with China,” said a defence ministry official. The project will extend high bandwidth communication, with better survivability and responsiveness, to remote operational areas along the borders with China and Pakistan.
MoD inks ₹409cr deal for ‘modern’ grenades
Indian soldiers will now finally get modern hand grenades instead of grappling with ones of a design vintage of World War-II. The defence ministry on Thursday inked a Rs 409 crore contract with an Indian private firm for the supply of 10 lakh ‘multi-mode’ hand grenades. The contract for the hand grenades, which were designed by the Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratories of DRDO, was inked with M/s Economic Explosive Ltd or the Solar Group of Nagpur. This is the first such contract inked with a domestic private company.

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