BHARAT FORGE-EL­BIT JV TO FO­CUS ON GUN, VE­HI­CLE PRO­GRAMMES

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The newly cleared Bharat Forge and El­bit Sys­tems joint ven­ture—BF El­bit Ad­vanced Sys­tems Ltd—will ini­tially fo­cus on the Army’s ar­tillery re­quire­ments be­fore ex­pand­ing into more ad­vanced equip­ment for all three ser­vices. SP’s can con­firm that the new com­pany has re­ceived RFIs and en­quiries per­tain­ing to sev­eral prospec­tive ac­qui­si­tions in­clud­ing sur­face-to-air mis­sile sys­tems and other ad­vanced weapon plat­forms. How­ever, the com­pany has taken a de­ci­sion to ini­tially fo­cus on the Army’s 155mm ar­tillery mod­erni­sa­tion in­tia­tive. The JV will of­fer so­lu­tions in the ar­tillery guns and mor­tars seg­ment based on El­bit Sys­tems’ ATHOS 155/52 towed gun sys­tem, the AT­MOS 155/52 mounted gun sys­tem and the up­graded 130mm M46 Gun to a 155/45 Gun (KARAN). The JVC will also role out a range of prod­ucts like the ad­vanced In­dian gun sys­tem.

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