will now finally get modern hand grenades instead of grappling with ones of a vintage design of World War-II. The
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 (TBRL) of DRDO, was inked with M/s Economic Explosive Ltd (EEL) or the Solar Group of Nagpur. The contract will be executed over two years.
This is the first such contract inked with a domestic private company. In the past, such ammunition products were either imported or made by the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which has 41 factories.
project has been hanging fire since 2011 because the same grenades made by the OFB repeatedly failed to clear DGQA (directorate general of quality assurance) tests. It was finally approved by the Defence Acquisitions Council in March 2019, with the contract being inked on Thursday.
“These grenades, which will replace the existing ones of World War-II vintage design used by the
, have a distinctive design because they can be used in both fragmentation or stun modes,” said a defence ministry official.
“This is a flagship project showcasing public-private partnership enabling the government’s 'AtmaNirbharta' initiative in cutting-edge ammunition technologies and 100% indigenous content,” he added.