The Indian Army will do away with its World War II vintage design hand grenade as the Defence Ministry has signed a Rs 409 crore contract for procurement of new 10 lakh multi-mode hand grenades.
Providing further boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative in the defence sector, the ministry’s acquisition wing signed a contract with Nagpur-based Economic Explosive Ltd (Solar Group) for supply of the new grenades.
The multi-mode hand grenade has been designed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratories (TBRL) and is being produced by EEL, Nagpur.
The grenades have a distinctive design, and can be used in both offensive and defensive modes.
This is a flagship project showcasing public-private partnership under the aegis of the DRDO and the Defence Ministry enabling “AtmaNirbharta” in cutting-edge ammunition technologies, with 100 per cent indigenous content, the Ministry said.