MoD inks Rs 2,580-cr contract with BEML, Tata Power and L&T for Pinaka missile systems

These six Pinaka Regiments comprise 114 launchers with automated gun aiming and positioning system (AGAPS) and 45 command posts to be procured from Tata Power and L&T and 330 vehicles to be procured from Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML)
MoD inks Rs 2,580-cr contract with BEML, Tata Power and L&T for Pinaka missile systems
Delhi

Providing further boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of Government of India in the defence sector, Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed contracts with Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML), Tata Power Company Ltd (TPCL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for supply of six Pinaka Regiments to the Regiment of Artillery of the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs 2580 crores. 

These Six Pinaka Regiments comprise 114 launchers with automated gun aiming & positioning system (AGAPS) and 45 command posts to be procured from Tata Power and L&T and 330 vehicles to be procured from BEML. These Six Pinaka Regiments will be operationalised along the Northern and Eastern Borders of our country further enhancing the operation preparedness of our Armed Forces. Induction of Six Pinaka Regiments is planned to be completed by 2024.

This project under Buy (Indian) categorisation, with 70 per cent indigenous content, has been approved by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The Pinaka Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO and productionised by TPCL, L&T and BEML. This is a flagship project showcasing public private partnership under the aegis of Government of India (DRDO & MoD) enabling “Aatmnirbharta” in cutting edge Defence t technologies.

Pinaka MBRL system comprises six launcher vehicles, each having 12 rockets with six loader-replenishment vehicles, two command post vehicles with fire control computer and a DIGICORA MET radar. Each Pinaka launcher can work independently, as it is controlled by its own computer. The launch system of Pinaka can fire a salvo of 12 rockets within 40 seconds and a single battery of six launchers can take care of an area of 1,000 m × 800 m. The initial version of weapon system was called Mark I, which had a range of 40 km. The upgraded version or Pinaka Mark II has an extended range of 70 to 80 km.

As part of its Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been taking number of steps towards indigenisation of defence production. In August 2020, MoD decided to stop imports of 101 defence items that is expected to open up Rs 4,000 billion business opportunity for the domestic industry. The embargo on imports is planned to be progressively implemented between 2020 to 2024. The aim behind promulgation of the list is to apprise the Indian defence industry about the anticipated requirements of the Armed Forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation. 

The list of 101 embargoed items comprises of not just simple parts but also some high technology weapon systems like artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, sonar systems, transport aircrafts, light combat helicopters (LCHs), radars and many other items to fulfil the needs of our Defence Services.

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