Under the `Buy and Make’ (Indian), category, the Acquisition Wing, Ministry of Defence has inked a contract with Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for procuring 1,512 Mine Ploughs which will be fitted on the T-90 Tanks. The deal has been signed with the approval of the defence minister Rajnath Singh in an effort to give a push to the `Make in India’ efforts in the defence sector at an approximate cost of Rs 557 crore and will have around 50 per cent indigenous content.
This will help in enhancing the mobility manifold, and will in turn help in deeper reach of the Armoured Formation in the enemy territory, without becoming the casualty of the mines.
The delivery of 1,512 mine ploughs are expected to be completed by 2027 and will help in enhancing the capability of the Indian Army.
Amid the growing tensions between India and China, the Indian army has already deployed the T-90 Bhishma Tank in Ladakh, which is considered to be the most dependable tank in the world. These tanks were part of the drill the defence minister Rajnath Singh had witnessed last week in Ladakh. These tanks have been deployed in a clear message to China that no encroachment along the India-China border will be tolerated.
This according to experts is also a message to the Chinese side that India has an edge over the strategic terms. China has already been positioning its heavy armoured vehicles along the Line of Actual Contro, including the T-95 tanks which are almost comparable to T-90 tanks.