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The In­dian De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Coun­cil (DAC) has ap­proved a 15,750-crore project to pur­chase ar­tillery guns for the na­tional army. A to­tal of 814, 155mm/52cal­i­bre mounted ar­tillery guns will be ac­quired un­der the ‘Buy and Make’ cat­e­gory, as re­ported by Press Trust of In­dia. The first 100 guns will be bought off the shelf from the orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer, while the re­main­ing 714 will be man­u­fac­tured in In­dia. Un­named sources said the In­dian De­fence Min­istry would is­sue a fresh re­quest for pro­posal (RFP) for the pro­cure­ment that will be open to pub­lic and pri­vate com­pa­nies.

Tata Power SED with its 155mm truck mounted gun sys­tem and L&T-Ashok Ley­land-Nex­ter with their 155mm gun are among the pri­vate com­pa­nies in In­dia that are likely to sub­mit pro­pos­als for the project, re­ported In­dia To­day mag­a­zine. The In­dian Army failed to ac­quire a sin­gle how­itzer since the in­fa­mous Bo­fors scan­dal in the late 1980s, and the pro­cure­ment plans fre­quently suf­fered set­backs in the wake of cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions and sin­gle ven­dor sce­nario in the last few years.

Bids are al­ready in­vited from com­pa­nies for 155mm/52-cal­i­bre towed guns. The army plans to re­place its 2,000 ex­ist­ing 105mm light field guns with a mix of towed, mounted and wheeled ar­tillery un­der a 35,000-crore project, ac­cord­ing to In­dia To­day.

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