Larsen & Toubro

Larsen & Toubro (India) is responsible for developing the launcher system for the nuclear-capable short-range surface-to-air Akash missile system for the Indian nuclear arsenal.

Company profile

Larsen & Toubro, based in India, is a technology, engineering, construction and manufacturing company. Its operating divisions include hydrocarbon, infrastructure, power, process industries, and defence.[1] Larsen & Toubro is also the parent company to around 120 subsidiaries, several of which are engaged in nuclear weapons related efforts.[2]

In the financial year ending 31 March 2017, Larsen & Toubro generated revenues of Rp 1,114.1 billion (€ 16.0 billion), resulting in an operating income of Rp 88.9 billion (€ 1.3 billion) and a net income of Rp 68.9 billion (€ 987.3 million).[3]

Contact Information

Contact information


Larsen & Toubro Limited
L&T House, Ballard Estate
P. O. Box: 278,
Mumbai 400 001,
+91 22 6177 4200

Nuclear weapons

Larsen & Toubro is responsible for developing the launcher system for the nuclear-capable surface-to-air Akash missile system developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).[4] According to defence sources, the short-range missile has a strike range of 25 km and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of 50kg.[5]

In August 2015, it was reported that the Indian Defence Ministry intended to free Rp 50 billion for the procurement of Akash missile systems for the Air Force. Larsen & Toubro is one of the companies mentioned as likely to receive major contracts.[6]



The following financial institutions have made approximately US$ 15,905 million available to this producer from January 2014 through October 2017.

  • A.K. Group (India)
  • Altius Finserv Private (India)
  • ANZ (Australia)
  • Axis Bank (India)
  • Barclays (United Kingdom)
  • BlackRock (United States)
  • BNP Paribas (France)
  • Citigroup (United States)
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Australia)
  • Corpbay Financial Services (India)
  • Credit Suisse (Switzerland)
  • Deutsche Bank (Germany)
  • Edelweiss Financial Services (India)
  • Equator Corporate Services (India)
  • Export Development Canada (Canada)
  • Franklin Resources (United States)
  • General Insurance Corporation of India (India)
  • GIC (Singapore)
  • Goldman Sachs (United States)
  • HDFC Bank (India)
  • Housing Development Finance Corporation (India)
  • HSBC (United Kingdom)
  • ICAP (India)

  • ICICI Bank (India)
  • IDFC (India)
  • L&T Employees Welfare Foundation (India)
  • Life Insurance Corporation of India (India)
  • LKP Group (India)
  • Mata Securities India (India)
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (Japan)
  • Mizuho Financial (Japan)
  • Morgan Stanley (United States)
  • Norges Bank (Norway)
  • Reliance Group (India)
  • Royal Bank of Scotland (United Kingdom)
  • SPA Group (India)
  • Standard Chartered (United Kingdom)
  • State Bank of India (India)
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial (Japan)
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust (Japan)
  • Taurus Group (India)
  • Trust Group (India)
  • Unit Trust of India (India)
  • Vanguard (United States)
  • Viel & Cie (France)
  • Yes Bank (India)



[1]     Larsen & Toubro, “Overview”, Website Larsen & Toubro (, viewed July 2017.

[2] Larsen & Toubro, “REPORTS AND ACCOUNTS 2015-2016 SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES”, Website Larsen & Toubro (, viewed August 2017.

[3]     Larsen & Toubro, “Statement of Audited Consolidated Financial Results for the Year Ended March 31, 2017”, Larsen & Toubro, May 2017; Thomson Reuters Eikon, “Larsen & Toubro Ltd – Fundmentals”,Thomson Reuters Eikon, viewed June 2016.

[4]     L&T Heavy Engineering, “Missile launchers”, Website L&T Heavy Engineering (, viewed July 2017; Larsen & Toubro, “Annual review 2014-15”, Larsen & Toubro, May 2015;  (; Army Technology, “Akash Surface-to-Air Missile System, India”, Website Army Technology (, viewed August 2017.

[5]     The Times of India, “Nuclear-capable Akash missile test fired”, Website The Times of India, 13 December 2007 (; Rout, H.K., “Of 9 trials, Akash Failed in 2”, Website The New Indian Express, 27 November 2014 (;
Rout, H.K., “DRDO Registers Another Success with Akash”, Website The New Indian Express, 14 April 2016 (

[6]     Pubby, M, “Defence ministry to clear Rs 5,000-crore procurement contract for ‘Made in India’ Akash missile systems”, Website The Economic Times, 8 August 2015 (

This page was last updated 26 January 2018.

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