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May 20, 2021

India’s BEML unveils mechanical minefield marking equipment Mk-II prototype

BEML has rolled out a MMME MK-II system prototype designed for use by the Indian Army.

Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) public sector undertaking company BEML has launched the first prototype of mechanical minefield marking equipment (MMME) Mk-II for the Indian Army.

The MMME Mk-II prototype built on BEML TATRA 6×6 vehicle has been developed through Technology of Transfer (ToT) from Research & Development Establishment Engineers (R&DE Engineers) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The prototype has been launched virtually in the presence of BEML chairman and managing director M V Rajasekar, DRDO R&DE Engineers director V Parliker, and other officials.

Rajasekar said: “We are proud to be a partner with this project in our quest to achieve ‘Atmanirbhrata’.

“The equipment will greatly benefit the Indian Army during operations. I am sure that this project would be the harbinger for many more projects to come.”

Atmanirbhar Bharat vision is an initiative introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India self-reliant and increase domestic defence manufacturing in the country.

MK-II is designed for marking/fencing the minefields at a faster rate, semi-automatically with minimal human interaction.

BEML said that the equipment has a minimum marking/fencing rate of 1.2km/hour with 15m inter-picket spacing. It can also place the pickets at 10m-35m spacing in a 5m step.

According to the company, the system can drive the picket to a maximum 450mm depth.

It can store 500 pickets and polypropylene rope of length 15km.

MMME Mk-II system is designed to operate in the plains of Punjab, as well as semi-desert and desert of Rajasthan, and in all kinds of weather conditions.

BEML said it is executing the project by partnering with a number of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

The MoD is expected to place orders for over 55 systems following successful evaluation trials.

In January, BEML secured orders from the MoD to supply high-mobility vehicles to the Indian Army.

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