New Delhi: BEML Limited has rolled out the first prototype of Mechanical minefield marking equipment Mk-II, built on BEML TATRA 6×6 an 'Atmanirbhar' product, developed through TOT from R&D E Engineers, DRDO.
The virtual rollout has been performed in the presence of BEML's CMD MV Rajasekar and DRDO Director, R&D (Engrs) VV Parliker. Also present were Accurate Group's CMD Kiran Jadhav other valued partners from Dynalog (India) Ltd, Electro-pneumatics & Hydraulics (I) Pvt Ltd and Adroit System Pvt Ltd and BEML team headed by Director (Defence) AK Srivastav.
"BEML had signed a ToT agreement during the 'Bandhan' event in presence of the Defence Minister during DEFEXPO 2020 and is executing the project by partnering with a number of MSMEs" the defence PSU said in an official statement.
Mechanical Minefield Marking Equipment MK-II developed by R&DE (Engineers) would greatly benefit the Indian Army to mark or fence minefields. The MK-II is designed for marking the minefields at a faster rate, semi-automatically with minimal human intervention.
The equipment is capable of marking/fencing at a minimum rate of 1.2 km/hr with an inter-picket spacing of 15 m. The system has the capability to place the pickets at 10 – 35 meters spacing in the step of 5 m. The picket can be driven to a maximum depth of 450 mm by this system.
MMME Mk-II system is designed to operate in the plains of Punjab, as well as semi-desert & desert of Rajasthan, in all weather conditions. The system can store 500 numbers of pickets and polypropylene rope 15 km in length.
The main sub-systems which are to be integrated into the vehicle are the carrier vehicle, Mechanical subsystem, Pneumatic subsystem, Electrical subsystem and Electronic subsystem with selected sub-vendors. Sourcing of subsystem from industries established during the development phase is being followed by BEML. The superstructure is being built by sub-vendors and supplying to Accurate Group for integration onto BEML HMV.
On this occasion, Rajashekar 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."
BEML is expected to receive the orders of more than 55 systems from the Minister of Defence after the successful trial evaluation.