India has approved Rs3bn ($63.8m) in funds for the procurement of armoured and bullet proof vehicles for the country’s paramilitary troops.

India’s defence minister P Chidambaram said the Union home ministry sanctioned 119 Tata light armoured troop carriers (LATC) worth Rs499m ($10.6m) and 98 bulletproof Mahindra Rakshaks and three LATCs at a cost of Rs379.7m ($8m), according to

The deal also includes night vision devices for rifles, 146 automatic grenade launchers and 47,030 grenades from Rosoboron Export of Russia as well as laser range finders from a Slovenian company Fotono.

In the recent months, India has placed orders across the world for new weapons, bulletproof jackets, riot gear and armoured vehicles, state-of-the-art SIG rifles, automatic grenade launchers and other related ammunition.