New Delhi: – 4,690 MILAN-2T anti-tank guided missiles will be purchased for the Indian Army. Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) has signed an agreement with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), worth Rs 1.188 billion for this purpose. Confidence is being expressed that this agreement between DPSU and BDL for these French-made missiles will provide an impetus to the Make in India campaign. These missiles will be supplied to the Indian Army over the next three years.
Stress is being given on the modernisation and strengthening of the Indian Army. The purchase of MILAN-2T missiles for the Army is a part of the same initiative. The MILAN-2T missile can be launched from the ground as well as from a vehicle. The missile has a strike range of nearly 2 kilometres.
MILAN-2T is a portable anti-tank guided and second-generation missile. BDL will manufacture this missile under license from MBDA Missile Systems of France.
The MILAN-2T missiles had been used to destroy Pakistani bunkers during the Kargil war in 1999. Pakistan had built its bunkers in the hilly areas. These missiles had effectively targeted these bunkers. Against this background, the purchase of these missiles is vital. Also, indigenous production of these missiles will provide an impetus to the Make in India campaign.