New Delhi: The Indian Army is planning to buy more than 2000 Milan 2T anti-tank guided missiles from France to boost firepower to its infantry troops against enemy tank regiments. The deal is likely to be worth over Rs 1,000 crore.

Sources in the defence ministry told news agency ANI, “An Army proposal in this regard would come up for discussion at a high-level meeting of the defence ministry for buying more than 3,000 of the second-generation Milan 2T ATGMs, which are license-produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited in partnership with a French firm.”

The Army has a requirement of 70,000 anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), and the procurement of the 2T ATGMs will be a temporary arrangement until the Army obtains its home-grown third-generation ATGMs, which is currently undergoing trials, according to sources.

The Milan 2 is a French second-generation ATGM that is produced in India by Bharat Dynamics Limited.

In 2018, India had dismissed a programme to buy the Spike ATGM from Israel. 

With inputs from ANI