As part of the "Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission", the Army on Sunday said it will be getting one million Multi-Mode Hand Grenades (MMHG) this month.
"Atmanirbhar Bharat' or self-reliant India is a term used by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in relation to the economic development of the country. The Solar Industry India is making ammunition for the armed forces, under the "Atmanirbhar Bharat".
"The production of one million pieces of MMHG by the Solar Industry India is likely to commence this month," Army said.
"The Army so far has been using the vintage grenades (Grenade-36) of the first World War and now under the Atmanirbhar Bharat mission, the Solar Industry India will produce the exclusive grenades," Ramit Arora of Solar Industry India said.
The first consignment order placed by the Indian Army is of one million multi-mode hand grenades, the production of which will commence from this month only, Arora added.
"The grenades have a distinctive design, in that they can be used in both offensive and defensive modes. This is a flagship project showcasing public-private partnership under the aegis of government of India enabling 'Atmanirbharta' (self reliance) in cutting edge ammunition technologies," a senior Army official told Greater Kashmir.
For several years now, the officer said, the Army has been using the World War vintage 36M hand grenade. "Grenades of natural fragmentation type have been in use by the infantry world over for a long time. Army still uses the 36M, a grenade which also has severe reliability problems and uneven fragmenting pattern making it unsafe even to the thrower," he said.
"The multi-mode grenade has been developed to overcome these defects. It uses preformed cylindrical mild steel pre-fragments to achieve uniform distribution."
'Iconic National Flat to be installed at Gulmarg'
Meanwhile, the Army said that it in collaboration with Solar Industry India will install an "Iconic National Flag" at Gulmarg.
Army said that this 100 feet iconic flag would be the India's highest National Flag in Kashmir Valley at an altitude of approx 9000 feet. "A replica of the flag was presented by Ramit Arora of Solar Industry India to GOC 19 Infantry Division to mark the occasion," it said.