The Indian Defense Ministry signed a contract in late September with a local Indian company to supply 1,000,000 multi-mode hand grenades to the Indian Army at an approximate cost of $56 million. The grenades will replace ones now in use with the Indian Army. A Defense Ministry press release said that the grenades have a distinctive design and can be used in both offensive and defensive modes.
India's ThePrint website quoted a statement from the Ministry of Defense saying that the multi-mode hand grenade designed by DRDO/Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratories is being produced by Economic Explosive Ltd from Nagpur. The ministry said it was a flagship project showcasing public-private partnership under the aegis of the Government of India enabling self-reliance in “cutting-edge ammunition technologies and accomplishes 100 per cent indigenous content”.