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.[a]

In the financial year ending 31 March 2016, Larsen & Toubro generated revenues of Rp 1,026.3 billion (€ 13.7 billion), resulting in an operating income of Rp 80.9 billion (€ 1.1 billion) and a net income of Rp 72.2 billion (€ 962.5 million).[b]

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).[i] 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.[ii]

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.[iii]


The following financial institutions have made approximately US$ 11,101 million available to this producer since January 2013.

  • A.K. Group
  • Aditya Birla Group
  • Altius Finserv Private
  • ANZ
  • Axis Bank
  • Barclays
  • BlackRock
  • BNP Paribas
  • Citigroup
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Corpbay Financial Services
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Edelweiss Financial Services
  • Equator Corporate Services
  • Export Development Canada

  • Franklin Resources
  • General Insurance Corporation of India
  • GIC
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HDFC Bank
  • Housing Development Finance Corporation
  • HSBC
  • ICAP
  • ICICI Bank
  • IDFC
  • L&T Employees Welfare Foundation
  • Life Insurance Corporation of India
  • LKP Group
  • Mata Securities India
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial

  • Mizuho Financial
  • Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global
  • Reliance Capital
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • SPA Group
  • Standard Chartered
  • State Bank of India
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust
  • Taurus Group
  • Trust Investment Advisors
  • Unit Trust of India
  • Vanguard
  • Viel & Cie
  • Waddell & Reed
  • Yes Bank

This page was last updated 29 November 2016.


[a]       Larsen & Toubro, “Overview”, Website Larsen & Toubro (, viewed June 2016.

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

[i]       L&T Heavy Engineering, “Missile launchers”, Website L&T Heavy Engineering (, viewed June 2016;
Larsen & Toubro, “Annual review 2014-15”, Larsen & Toubro, May 2015; (;
Army Technology, “Akash Surface-to-Air Missile System, India”, Website Army Technology (, viewed May 2016.

[ii]      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 (

[iii]      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 (



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State owned or controlled nuclear industries are outside the scope of this research, as are companies not publicly listed. Our research uncovered a number of Universities involved in nuclear weapons programmes, but these are also outside the scope of the report.

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