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In a big relief com­ing in for the Mech­a­nised Forces, the In­dian Army has fi­nally man­aged to con­clude a long-awaited ` 3,000-crore deal for ad­di­tional IN­VAR anti-tank guided mis­siles li­cence built by the Bharat Dy­nam­ics Ltd with Rus­sian tech­nol­ogy. Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of De­fence, “The de­liv­er­ies are ex­pected to be com­pleted over next five years. In­var is a laser beam rider anti-tank guided mis­sile ca­pa­ble of be­ing fired from T-90 tank. It has a range of five km. The mis­sile can neu­tralise ad­ver­saries tanks fit­ted with ex­plo­sive re­ac­tive ar­mour pro­tec­tion.” The mis­sile has a semi-au­to­matic con­trol sys­tem, tele-ori­ent­ing in a laser beam. The IN­VAR is a high ve­loc­ity jam­ming-im­mune mis­sile with tan­dem war­head de­signed to de­feat ex­plo­sive re­ac­tive ar­mour and in­tended to de­stroy sta­tion­ary and mov­ing tar­gets with speed up to 70 kmph. The deal was cleared by the Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity (CCS) in Oc­to­ber last year, and re­mains the most sig­nif­i­cant re­cent step to shore up am­mu­ni­tion re­serves, se­verely de­pleted in the tank for­ma­tions as high­lighted by the for­mer Chief of Army Staff, Gen­eral V.K. Singh.

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