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Indian Army increasing its power, buying pinaka rocket launchers from the Indian company at 2580 crores.

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In order to further strengthen its military powers amid tensions with China on the border, the Defence Ministry signed an agreement of Rs 2580 crore to purchase Pinaka rocket launchers. The defence ministry entered into an agreement with two leading domestic defence companies on Monday to purchase Pinaka rocket launchers at a cost of Rs 2580 crore for six military regiments. Officials said, the Pinaka Regiment will be deployed on the Indian border with China and Pakistan to enhance the operational preparedness of the military forces.

The contract has been signed with Tata Power Company Limited (TPCL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) while Defence Sector PSU Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has also been made a part of the project. BEML will supply vehicles on which rocket launchers will be placed.

The defence ministry said in a statement that the six Pinaka Regiment will also have 114 launchers and 45 command posts with ‘ automated gun aming and positioning system (A GAPS)’. The statement said the operation of the missile regiment is planned to commence by 2024.

It said that the weapon system will have 70 per cent indigenous content and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman have approved the project. The Pinaka Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) has been developed by DRDO.

“This is an ambitious project that showcases public-private sector participation in the field of cutting-edge technology to become ‘self-reliant’,” the Defence Ministry said.

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