The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared a USD 250 million crore proposal for procuring 10,000 anti-tank guided missiles for the Army from Russia.
The CCS cleared the proposal to acquire Russian-origin 10,000 Konkurs-M anti-tank guided missiles for the Mechanised Infantry and Infantry battalions of the Army,
The Konkurs-M is part of the weapon systems being procured by the force to augment the anti-tank arsenal in the Army..
The CCS had last week cleared the purchase of 25,000 Invar missiles for the T-90 tank fleet under an Rs 2,000 crore proposal.
The Konkurs are part of the anti-tank weapon family of the force which includes the Milan anti-tank guided missiles which India has been buying from France and also license-producing it at the Bharat Dynamics Limited facilities here.
Soon after the Mumbai terror attack in 2008, there were reports suggesting that the Army was facing a severe shortage of tank ammunition as well as anti-tank weapons.
This is a second generation, semiautomatic, antitank, tube launched, optically tracked, wire guided and aero-dynamically controlled missile.
It is designed to destroy moving and stationary armoured targets with Explosives Reactive Armours at a range of 75 to 4000 meters.
Can be launched either from BMP-II or from ground launcher. Tandem Warhead Simple in operation and immune to Electronic Counter measures High hit and kill probability Portable and Para droppable.
Hermetically sealed ensuring long storage life.