In order to give a fillip to the union government’s ambitious initiative ‘Make in India, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Monday signed a pact with Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for procurement of 1,512 mine plough (MP) for the Indian army’s main battle tank T-90 at an approximate cost of Rs 557 crore.
The contract has Buy and Make (Indian) categorization with a minimum of 50 per cent Indigenous Content in Make portion of the contract, said the MoD in an official statement.
These mine ploughs will be fitted on T-90 Tanks of Indian Armoured Corps which will facilitate mobility to Tanks while negotiating mine field.
Mobility of Tank Fleet will enhance manifold which in turn would extend the reach of Armoured Formation deep into enemy territory without suffering casualties due to anti tank mines.
With the induction of these 1512 mine ploughs, planned to be completed by 2027, the combat capability of the Army will be further enhanced.
The army recently deployed the Russian-origin T-90 main battle tanks in the Galwan Valley sector of Ladakh amid the face-off with Chinese troops.