In­dian Army an­nounces mounted gun com­pe­ti­tion

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

Fol­low­ing a generic re­quest for in­for­ma­tion (RFI) is­sued in Au­gust last year, the In­dian Army has an­nounced a fresh and more spe­cific re­quest for in­for­ma­tion to meet the Army’s re­quire­ment of 814 mounted gun sys­tems—a 155mm/52cal ar­tillery gun mounted on a wheeled ve­hi­cle. The pro­cure­ment is likely to be worth about ` 9,000 crore.

The Army has stip­u­lated that the gun needs to be sup­plied by an In­dian ven­dor. The RFI comes as only the lat­est in a ret­inue of com­pe­ti­tions in var­i­ous stages to give the Army’s ar­tillery reg­i­ments their first guns in a quar­ter cen­tury. The Army has ac­tive pro­cesses on to ac­quire towed guns, ul­tra­light how­itzers (the BAE Sys­tems M777) and tracked guns. Tata Strate­gic Elec­tron­ics Di­vi­sion (Tata SED) last year un­veiled its first mounted gun sys­tem on a wheeled Tata truck. Other In­dian com­peti­tors are Mahin­dra De­fence, L&T and Bharat Forge.

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