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Khadki ammo factory to export grenades worth `100cr

Sandip Dighe / Aug 9, 2023, 08:47 IST
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Pune: The Ammunition Factory Khadki (AFK) is all set to export two variants of indigenously developed grenades worth Rs100 crore to a Caucasian country.

“We have received a government-to-government order for delivery of grenades and the same comes as a huge fillip to our research and development section,”
Ravi Kant, chairman and managing director, Munitions India Limited (MIL), told TOI over a telephonic talk on Tuesday.

The city-based MIL is a state-owned defence company with the AFK and 11 other ordnance factories under its belt. Earlier, the Army used to import these grenades from Russia, but considering the high cost, the AFK experts worked on a project and developed grenades 30 mm-Mil-17 HE and 40 mm-Mil- 25 HE. “These grenades are cheaper than the imported ones. We will save over Rs100 crore worth of imports by developing these grenades. Also, we have maintained specific requirements of the military force. They will be able to get these grenades even during emergencies. This is also a big relief for the forces for operational preparedness,” Kant added.

Vijay Mudaliar, junior works manager (JWM), a part of the expert team, told TOI, “The 30 mm grenade launcher can engage the target up to 1,700 meters. The 40 mm grenade is developed for an under-barrel grenade launcher. It has an effective range of 400 meters.”
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In another key achievement, the AFK, in association with a start-up firm, has developed a drone to deliver bullets, grenades, weapons and other ammunition to the Army’s inaccessible posts in the high-altitude zones on the borders.

“The Army has carried out trials for 20 days in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh. The drone met its technical and operational requirements during this exercise,” said works manager Ashish Lawania, the head of the research and development section of the AFK.The Army team headed by a Colonel conducted extensive trials in -15 degrees C temperatures day and night in the sector.

“The drone could fly with a payload of 50 to 60 kg ammunition, which includes 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm bullets, grenades, mortars, magazines and weapon box at a height of 5,500 meters, covering a distance of 36 km for a period of 45 minutes,” added Lawania.

Four other competitors, including a PSU, had fielded their drones for trials, but they could not fulfil all operational requirements of the Army, said Lawania.

“The drone is also fitted with thermal cameras for surveillance. It is a 200kg drone and can be operated by ground control stations in inaccessible terrains in border zones. The drone’s components can be carried separately and assembled at a strategic point from where the operators can use them for operational objectives,” said Lawania.

The Army had issued request for proposal for procurement of high-altitude and medium-altitude drones for sensitive border regions in October last year.

It plans to procure 163 drones for the high-altitude region, considering its large deployment of troops on the China border, said defence officials.

None Of The Terms Match With The Generated Keywords.: Khadki Ammo Factory To Export Grenades Worth `100cr | Pune News - Times of India

This Caucasian country is probably Armenia. This opens up an opportunity for AWEIL to export their 40 mm UBGL to Armenia. AWEIL's UBGL was built for AK variants. Armenia has a lot of AKs in service.
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many opinions, some say Armenia, some say Morocco. I personally think two different nations bought the 2 different guns.
 

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