Thursday, July 22, 2010

Indian Army Orders One Million Shivalik Grenades

Vijay Mohan

About a decade after being designed, the Army has approved bulk production of lightweight modular hand grenades developed by DRDO for induction. An order has been placed with the Ordnance Factory Board for supplying one million hand grenades to the Army. Known as Shivalik, these would replace the existing M-36 HE grenades. Besides the Shivalik, the Army has also approved bulk production of the add-on 40 mm under-barrel grenade launcher (UBGL) that is attached to rifles for increasing their firepower. The UBGL, which can be mounted on the INSAS as well as AK-47 rifles, was developed keeping in view the global trend in technology for small arms from the concept of point-target capability to area-target capability.

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