India Unveils Equipment To Mark, Fence Minefields Quicker And Semi Automatically | Daily Current Affairs 2021

India Unveils Equipment To Mark, Fence Minefields Quicker And Semi Automatically

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On 19 May 2021, BEML Ltd. rolled out the first prototype of mechanical equipment designed for marking and fencing minefields at a faster rate and semi-automatically with minimal human intervention.

Key Points:

  • An ‘Atmanirbharta’ product, the Mechanical Minefield Marking Equipment MK II, was built on BEML TATRA 6×6 (a high mobility vehicle).
  • It has been developed through the transfer of technology from the Pune-based Research and Development Establishment (Engineers), a lab of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
  • MMME MK II would greatly benefit the Indian Army to mark and fence minefields as 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/hour with inter-picket spacing of 15 metres.
  • The system has capability to place the pickets at 10 35 metres spacing in the step of five metres.
  • The picket can be driven to a maximum depth of 450 mm by this system, it said.
  • MMME MK II system is designed to operate in 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 of 15 km in length.

BEML is executing the project by partnering with a number of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

The virtual roll out was performed in the presence of BEML CMD M V Rajasekar and Director of R&DE (Engineers) V V Parlikar among others.

About BEML Limited:

  • BEML Limited, previously Bharat Earth Movers Limited, is a defence Indian Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Defence Govt. of India.
  • It is a Mini Ratna Category – I Public Sector Enterprise operating in three distinct business verticals namely Mining & Construction Defence & Aerospace and Rail & Metro.
  • It was founded in May 1964.
  • It is the biggest Defence, Mining & Construction and Rail Coach manufacturer in India.
  • It manufactures a variety of heavy equipment, such as that used for earth moving, transport and mining.
  • It is headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

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