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Thursday, November 26, 2009

New grenades to replace those of World War II vintage

New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) World War II vintage hand grenades – often dubbed as duds – in use with the Indian Army will finally be replaced with the defence ministry approving the indigenous mass production of the multi-mode grenade.
Defence Minister A.K. Antony in a written reply to Rajya Sabha said: ‘Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed multi-mode grenade which has been cleared for bulk production.’

Antony also discredited reports that 30 percent hand-grenades used by the Indian Army proved to be duds.

‘No such survey (of defective grenades) has been carried out. As per records available for the period from 2005-2009 out of total grenades used in training only 0.002 percent defect reports were raised,’ Antony said.

‘Certain defects were reported in 1994-1995 and in the subsequent years. Thereafter, product improvements were carried out with the result that the defect reports…were considerably lower in number,’ Antony added.

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