Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is the chief guest at a November 9 induction ceremony and firepower display organised at the School of Artillery in Deolali, Maharashtra. She will formally dedicate to the nation two recently acquired artillery systems, the K-9 Vajra 155 mm self-propelled howitzer and BAE’s ultra-light howitzer. Also on display will be two indigenous projects, the Ordnance Factory Board’s ‘Sharang’ upgunned 155 mm howitzer and its indigenously built Dhanush 155 mm howitzer. The Vajra and the ULH are the army’s first big gun acquisitions after the 1986 Bofors deal. Expect some political shots to be fired there.