With an aim to boost Make in India initiative of the government, with the approval of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the acquisition wing of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for procurement of 1,512 mine plough (MP) for T-90 tanks. The contract has ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ categorisation with a minimum of 50 per cent indigenous content in make portion of the contract.
These mine ploughs will be fitted on T-90 tanks of Indian Armoured Corps which will facilitate individual 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 becoming mine causality. With the induction of these 1,512 mine ploughs, planned to be completed by 2027, the combat capability of the army will be further enhanced.