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The In­dian Army has re­port­edly taken de­liv­ery of three in­dige­nously de­vel­oped 155mm Dhanush ar­tillery guns from Gun Car­riage Fac­tory (GCF). De­vel­oped by the Ord­nance Fac­tory Board (OFB), the new ar­tillery gun is a towed how­itzer with a strike range of 38 km.The guns have been de­vel­oped fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion of de­sign doc­u­ments under the Phase I of trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy (ToT) dur­ing the Bo­fors gun deal, the Press Trust of In­dia re­ported, cit­ing a GCF of­fi­cial. The army had or­dered six how­itzers fol­low­ing a se­ries of suc­cess­ful tri­als, in which the gun suc­cess­fully fired nearly 2,000 rounds in dif­fer­ent cli­matic con­di­tions. GCF Joint Gen­eral Man­ager and PRO San­jay Shri­vas­tava were quoted by the PTI as say­ing: “Three 155mm how­itzers (Dhanush) have been handed over to the army re­cently for user’s trial. Another con­sign­ment of three guns is be­ing read­ied and these how­itzers too will be de­liv­ered to the army shortly.” The army is seek­ing 114 Dhanush guns in to­tal from GCF, in an ef­fort to in­crease its fire­power. Also called Desi Bo­fors, the Dhanush gun fea­tures elec­tronic gun-lay­ing and sight­ing sys­tems and has an en­hanced 11-km range, when com­pared to the 27-km range of the im­ported Bo­fors.

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