Indian Army floats tender for wheeled self-propelled guns
In its third attempt to procure wheeled self-propelled 155mm guns, the Indian Army has floated a fresh global tender for 180 guns. The Army has stipulated that manufacturers must mention if the new guns being fielded are 45 or 52 calibre, capable of firing standard and assisted ammunition in sustained, intense and burst rates of fire. The Ministry of Defence has held trials on two earlier occasions, last in 2010, but has decided to re-tender the bid. The Army will be looking for new generation howitzers with high endurance platform vehicles capable of operations at high altitudes. As part of its field artillery modernisation plan, the acquisition of new wheeled guns will serve as a major push, though it still remains dwarfed by the Army’s requirement for towed howitzers which top more than 1,000 guns. Companies likely to participate in the wheeled bid include Samsung Techwin, Konstrukta Defence, Soltam and BAE Systems.
Archer 155mm self-propelled howitzer