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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Tuesday, handed over one lakh multi-mode hand grenades (MMHG) to the Indian Army. Manufactured by a Nagpur based private firm EEL (Economic Explosives Ltd), these grenades would be used by the Indian defence forces.
This is first batch of the few other deliveries, which EEL would be making to the Indian armed forces. The handing over ceremony took place in EEL’s Nagpur premises.
Along with Singh, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane, Chairman of DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy and Infantry DG Lieutenant General AK Samantra and representatives of EEL were present in the event.
Sharing the details of the event, Rajnath Singh took to Twitter and wrote, “Visited the EEL factory and witnessed their amazing production capabilities. The handing over of Multi Mode Hand Grenade is a shining example of the increasing collaboration between the public & private sectors. It is a big step towards self-reliance in defence manufacturing.”
According to a press release by the DDRO (research cell of the Union Ministry of Defence), EEL’s grenades were 99.8% reliable. It was for the first time that any Indian private company manufactured ammunitions for the defence forces.
In addition to this, it mentioned that EEL had signed a contract with Union Ministry of Defence to deliver 10 lakh multi-mode hand grenades. These new grenades would now replace Grenade No 36 of World War I vintage design, which had been continuing in service till date.
As per reports, extensive trials of the grenade were done in plains and high altitude areas to check accuracy.