Walchandnagar Industries

Walchandnagar Industries Limited (India) supplies infrastructure and facilities for the production of the surface-to-air short-range Akash missile and the launching systems for Agni and Akash missiles for the Indian arsenal. It also manufactures the main thrust motor casing segment for the intercontinental ballistic Agni-V missile.

Company profile

Walchandnagar Industries Limited (“WIL”), based in India, is a heavy engineering and project execution company with activities in the areas of aerospace and defence, mining and metals, power plants, and other hi-tech and engineering sectors.[1]

In the financial year ending 31 March 2017, WIL generated revenues of Rp 4.0 billion (€ 57.6 million), resulting in a net loss of Rp 642.6 million (€ 9.2 million).[2]

Contact Information

Contact Information

Website: Facebook:
www.walchand.com www.facebook.com/WalchandnagarIndustriesLtd

Walchandnagar Industries Ltd.
3 Walchand Terraces, Tardeo Road,
Mumbai – 400 034, Maharashtra, India.
+91 (022) 4028 7110 / 2369 2295

Nuclear weapons

WIL supplies critical equipment for India’s Nuclear Program, including infrastructure and facilities for the production of combustion chambers for the surface-to-air short-range Akash missile and the launching systems for Agni and Akash missiles.[3] For the intercontinental ballistic Agni-V missile, WIL Aerospace department manufactured the main thrust motor casing segment. The Agni-V missile, which can carry a nuclear warhead of over one tonne, was first test fired in January 2015[4] and included in the Indian missile arsenal in December 2016. The Indian government stated in December 2016 it started work on the development of the Agni-VI.[5]




The following financial institutions made approximately US$ 35 million available to this producer from January 2014 through October 2017.

  • Bank of India (India)
  • IFCI (India)
  • Lalitabai Lalchand Charity (India)
  • Life Insurance Corporation of India (India)
  • Olsson Holdings (India)
  • Reliance Group (India)
  • Rodin Holdings (India)
  • State Bank of India (India)




[1]     Walchandnagar Industries, “About WIL”, Website Walchandnagar Industries (www.walchand.com/), viewed July 2017.

[2]     Walchandnagar Industries, “Annual Report 2016-2017”, Walchandnagar Industries, July 2017 (www.walchand.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Year-2016-2017.pdf).

[3]     Walchandnagar Industries, “Defence & Missiles”, Website Walchandnagar Industries (www.walchand.com/business-area/defence-missile/), viewed June 2016July 2017;
Walchandnagar Industries, “Overview”, Website Walchandnagar Industries (www.walchand.com/about-us/company-profile/overview/,/), viewed June 2016July 2017.

[4]     Walchandnagar Industries, “Walchandnagar’s Significant Contribution in the launch of Agni-V”, News release Walchandnagar Industries, 31 January 2015 (www.walchand.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WIL-contribution-in-the-launch-of-Agni-V.pdf);
Shukla, A., “DRDO chief Chander exits with successful launch of Agni-5”, Website Business Standard, 31 January 2015 (www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/drdo-chief-chander-exits-with-successful-launch-of-agni-5-115013101091_1.html).

[5]     Ghosh, D., “Successful test launch of AGNI V”, Press Information Bureau Government of India, 27 December 2016, (www.pib.nic.in/newsite/printrelease.aspx?relid=155897); Shukla, A., “With fourth successful test, Agni 5 to join missile arsenal”, Website Business Standard, 26 December 2016 (www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/with-fourth-successful-test-agni-5-to-join-missile-arsenal-116122600726_1.html); Shukla, A., “Agni-6 ICBM evolving organically from Agni-5”, Website Business Standard, 28 December 2016 (www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/agni-6-icbm-evolving-organically-from-agni-5-116122700991_1.html).

This page was last updated 29 January 2018.

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