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