DRDO BRAIN­STORMS WITH PRI­VATE SEC­TOR FOR HEAVY GUN

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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.”

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