New Delhi, January 22, 2019 (PPI-OT): In a bid to further its hegemonic designs in South Asia, the Indian army is planning to buy more than 3,000 Milan 2T anti-tank guided missiles from France. The deal is likely to be worth over 1,000 crore Indian Rupees.
“An Army proposal in this regard would come up for discussion at a high-level meeting of the Defence Ministry for buying more than 3,000 of the second-generation Milan 2T ATGMs, which are license-produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited in partnership with a French firm,” a report by New Delhi-based Indian news agency, the Asian News International (ANI) said.
The report, quoting sources in the Defence Ministry, said even though Indian army is searching for third-generation ATGMs with a range greater than its existing Milan 2T and Konkur ATGMs, it has a requirement of as many as 70,000 ATGMs of different types and nearly 850 various launchers.
The report further says the procurement of Milan 2T ATGMs is likely to be the stopgap arrangement before the army gets its home-grown third-generation ATGM, which is undergoing trials. Milan 2T is a French second-generation ATGM, which is produced in India by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) with a range of over 2-km. In December 2008, India had ordered 4,100 Milan 2T missiles from BDL.
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