Boost to army fire­power

Three ar­tillery gun sys­tems in­ducted

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DE­O­LALI: In a boost to the Army’s fire­power and ca­pa­bil­ity en­hance­ment, De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man Fri­day in­ducted three ma­jor ar­tillery gun sys­tems, in­clud­ing the M777 A2 Ul­tra Light How­itzers, K-9 Va­jra self-pro­pelled gun and a ‘Com­pos­ite Gun Tow­ing Ve­hi­cle’.

Speak­ing at the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony, held at De­o­lali Field Fir­ing Ranges, the min­is­ter said many more such sys­tems would be in­ducted in the Army in the next few years.

“Th­ese guns are be­ing in­ducted al­most 30 years af­ter the Bo­fors guns were in­ducted,” Sithara­man said.

The 155mm, 39 cal­i­bre Ul­tra light How­itzers have been pro­cured from the USA un­der Gov­ern­ment to Gov­ern­ment For­eign Mil­i­tary Sales and will be as­sem­bled in In­dia by BAE Sys­tems in part­ner­ship with Mahin­dra De­fence.

The gun sys­tem is ver­sa­tile, light­weight and can be heli-lifted, thereby pro­vid­ing the much-needed flex­i­bil­ity in de­ploy­ment in var­i­ous ter­rains. It is in ser­vice in the US, Cana­dian, Aus­tralian and some other armies and has proven its met­tle un­der chal­leng­ing areas of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The first ten K9 Va­jra 155mm/52 cal­i­bre guns have been im­ported from Han­wha Tech­win of South Korea in semi-knocked down state and have been as­sem­bled by L&T in In­dia.

The re­main­ing 90 guns will be pri­mar­ily man­u­fac­tured in In­dia with some ma­jor as­sem­blies com­ing from South Korea, the min­is­ter said.

Their in­duc­tion will give a “huge fil­lip” to the fire­power ca­pa­bil­ity of In­dian Army on our west­ern borders, she said.

The 6x6 Field Ar­tillery Trac­tor has been in­dige­nously de­vel­oped by Ashok Ley­land and will pro­vide the much-awaited re­place­ment for the age­ing fleet of ar­tillery gun tow­ing ve­hi­cles.

PTI

For­mal in­duc­tion of three ma­jor ar­tillery gun sys­tems, in­clud­ing the M777 Amer­i­can Ul­tra Light How­itzers and the K-9 Va­jra, into the Army dur­ing a cer­e­mony at De­o­lali

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