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Aatmanirbharta in Ammunition Manufacturing: MoD inks 5,336.25 crore contract with BEL for procurement of Electronic Fuzes for Indian Army for 10 years

December 15, 2023 Photo(s): By PIB
The Ministry of Defence signed a landmark contract with BEL, Pune for procurement of Electronic Fuzes for the Indian Army for a period of 10 years on December 15, 2023.

The Ministry of Defence, on December 15, 2023, signed a landmark contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Pune for procurement of Electronic Fuzes for the Indian Army for a period of 10 years, at a total cost of 5,336.25 crore. As part of the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' vision, this contract has been signed for ammunition procurement under 'Manufacture of Ammunition for Indian Army by Indian Industry', a Government initiative for long term requirement of 10 years. The aim of the project is to build up ammunition stocks to minimise imports, achieve self-sufficiency in ammunition manufacturing, obtain critical technologies and secure stock affected by supply chain disruption.

Electronic Fuzes are an integral component of medium to heavy calibre Artillery guns which provides sustained artillery firepower for military operations. The Fuzes will be procured for usage in artillery guns which are capable of lethal engagements in various kinds of terrain including high altitude areas along the Northern Borders.

Electronic Fuzes will be manufactured by the BEL at its Pune and upcoming Nagpur Plant. The project will generate employment for one and half lakh man days and encourage active participation of Indian Industries including MSMEs in ammunition manufacturing and broaden ammunition manufacturing ecosystem in the country.