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The DAC has re­cently cleared pro­cure­ment thir­teen 127mm cal­i­bre gun sys­tems for the In­dian Navy at a cost of ` 3,000 crore from BAE Sys­tems of the United States. These guns are a long out­stand­ing re­quire­ment of the In­dian Navy and would be pro­cured un­der the Buy (Global) cat­e­gory of the De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure.

These guns will be fit­ted on board new sur­face com­bat­ants to counter mil­i­tary en­gage­ments at sea. These guns will en­able naval ships to pro­vide fire sup­port and en­gage­ment of targets on the land, as well. Naval Gun Fire Sup­port (NGFS) is vi­tal op­er­a­tion un­der­taken for soft­en­ing of hos­tile Beaches in a clas­sic am­phibi­ous as­sault to fa­cil­i­tate safe land­ings of own am­phibi­ous as­sault units launch­ing com­bat­ants, ar­moured ve­hi­cles, weapons, etc.

These guns have a range of 24 km, which could be ex­tended fur­ther by us­ing a dif­fer­ent type of am­mu­ni­tion called Ex­tended Range Gun Mu­ni­tions (ERGM). These guns are in­stalled on board sur­face ships and are used by the US Navy and pri­mar­ily used in con­flict zones where fir­ing a sur­face to sur­face mis­siles are not vi­able.

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