DRDO BRAINSTORMS WITH PRIVATE SECTOR FOR HEAVY GUN
In the process of conceptualising a new 155mm/52cal towed artillery gun, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has officially kick-started proceedings by roping in the private sector to brainstorm. A three-day discussion session in Pune from October 29-31 was organised to draw up a list of which companies could contribute in which areas. Four Indian private limited companies that were involved in system level interactions were Tata Power SED, Larsen & Toubro, Bharat Forge Ltd and Mahindra Defence Systems.
Eight private limited companies that were involved in sub-system level interactions were Dantal Hydraulics, Starwine India Ltd, PSPL, Avasarala Technologies, Accurate Engineering, HBL Power Systems Ltd, Moog Inc and System Controls Ltd. The DRDO has said in its newsletter that the 155mm gun it plans to develop at the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in Pune has “improved firepower to achieve first salvo effectiveness at longer ranges, higher accuracy and enhanced survivability are the primary requirements for this gun system. Efforts are being made to develop new technologies for weapon platforms, automation and control systems, recoil management, materials, etc., to achieve improved weapon performance.”