BDL to supply Konkurs-M ATGM antitank missiles to Indian Army
Posted On Wednesday, 02 February 2022 15:04
According to Telangana Today, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and the Indian Army have signed a contract for the manufacture and supply of Konkurs–M Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (NATO reporting name: AT-5B Spandrel-B) to the Indian Army. The contract, which was signed in New Delhi on February 2, will be executed in three years.
Konkurs-M anti-tank guided missile (Picture source: Tula Machinery Design Bureau)
BDL produces an updated variant of the Konkurs, designated Konkurs-M. BDL offers the 9K111-1M upgraded anti-tank system that comprises the 9M113 missile. Konkurs–M can be launched either from a BMP-2 IFV or from a ground launcher. It has a range between 75 to 4,000 meters, with a flight time of 19 seconds. The original 9M113 with a single-charge warhead can penetrate 600 mm of Rolled Homogeneous Armor (RHA).
Tandem warhead, with an extended explosive probe, will penetrated 750–800 mm of RHA, (behind a layer of Explosive Reactive Armor)) at 4,000 m (3,500 m in night (passive) mode).
The CMD, BDL Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd) said Konkurs–M is being manufactured by BDL under a license agreement with a Russian OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer): the 9M113 Konkurs was developed by the Tula Machinery Design Bureau (Tula KBP). The missile has been indigenized up to the maximum extent. The Indian defense industry claims that BDL has manufactured some 25,000 Konkurs-M ATGMs for the Indian Army since 2008. BDL is also offering Konkurs-M missiles for export.