MOD CLEARS PRO­POSAL FOR 814 MOUNTED 155MM GUNS

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES / NEWS IN BRIEF -

Fol­low­ing a fresh re­quest for in­for­ma­tion (RFI) in July last year, the MoD has cleared the In­dian Army’s pro­posal to ten­der for 814 truck-mounted self-pro­pelled 155mm gun sys­tems at a cost of ap­prox­i­mately 15,000 crore. The pro­cure­ment, of­fi­cially ti­tled mounted gun sys­tem (MGS) and part of the Field Ar­tillery Ra­tion­al­i­sa­tion Plan (FARP), is to be from an In­dian ven­dor with tech­nol­ogy that may be ei­ther in­dige­nous or li­censed from a for­eign third party. Com­peti­tors for the pro­gramme in­clude the Tata SED 155mm mounted gun sys­tem, which in­volves a gun-mounted on a eightwheeled Tata truck and the L&T-led con­sor­tium that in­volves a Nex­ter Ceasar gun mounted on an Ashok Ley­land 6x6 Su­per Stal­lion truck chas­sis. Ven­dors re­sponded last year to a 29-ques­tion RFI that was sent out to sev­eral firms, in­clud­ing Tata, L&T, Bharat Forge and Mahin­dra De­fence among oth­ers. The cleared deal paves the way for an im­por­tant part of the FARP, given that none of the other el­e­ments of the plan — towed, tracked self-pro­pelled, and now ul­tra-light — have fired in terms of ac­qui­si­tion. Army sources in­formed SP’s that the of­fer­ings that have been demon­strated so far in­for­mally have in­spired con­fi­dence that the com­pe­ti­tion will be a healthy one that will also es­tab­lish mean­ing­ful in­fra­struc­ture within the coun­try and cre­ate ca­pac­ity in terms of weapon met­al­lurgy. Of­fi­cials at both Tata SED and L&T said they wel­comed progress in the deal and were look­ing for­ward to the cru­cial com­pe­ti­tion.

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