MoD inks Rs 5336 Cr contract with BEL for procurement of Electronic Fuzes for Indian Army for 10 years

The Ministry of Defence (MoD), India on December 15, 2023, signed a landmark contract worth Rs Rs 5,336.25 crore with Defence Public Sector Unit (DPSU) Bharat Electronics Limited, Pune for procurement of Electronic Fuzes for the Indian Army for a period of 10 years.

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.

Notably, 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.

Further, 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. 

Worth mentioning, 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.

About Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)

Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) was established in 1954 under the Ministry of Defence, GoI, with a farsighted vision to make the country self-reliant in Defence electronics.

Today, BEL is a multi-product, multi-technology, multi-Unit conglomerate which designs, manufactures and supplies state-of-the-art products and systems in a wide variety of fields including Radars, Missile Systems, Military Communications, Naval Systems, Electronic Warfare & Avionics, C4I Systems, Electro Optics, Tank Electronics & Gun/Weapon System Upgrades, and Electronic Fuzes in the Defence segment.

While, its non-Defence business segment includes areas such as Electronic Voting Machines, Homeland Security & Smart Cities, Satellite Integration & Space Electronics, Railways, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Software as a Service, Energy Storage Products, besides Composite Shelters & Masts.

The DPSU is fast expanding its global presence, putting its best foot forward to give a thrust to exports worldwide.