In­dian Army floats ten­der for wheeled self-pro­pelled guns

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

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

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