The defence ministry on Friday inked a Rs.1,188 crore contract with defence PSU Bharat Dynamics Limited for the supply of 4,960 Milan-2T antitank guided missiles to the Army.
The contract for these old second-generation ATGMs, with a range of 1.8-km, comes in the backdrop of the over13-lakh Army facing an acute shortage of advanced missiles to thwart enemy tanks. The Army had last year gone in for the emergency induction of a limited number of the third-generation Israeli Spike ATGMs to meet immediate operational requirements amidst the military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh.
With the indigenous third-generation Nag ATGMs yet to be inducted, the Army is currently largely equipped with the Milan-2T and Konkurs (4-km) ATGMs, which have been produced by BDL under licence from French and Russian companies for years.
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