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L&T-made 91st K9 Vajra-T Gun flagged off by Gujarat CM at Armoured Systems Complex


CHIEF MINISTER OF GUJARAT, Vijay Rupani flagged-off the 91st K9 VAJRA-T Gun from L&T’s Armoured System Complex (ASC). Maintainin­g the track record of ahead-of-time deliveries in this Ministry of Defence (MoD) programme, the 91st Gun was also dispatched ahead of contractua­l delivery date – a testimony to the capabiliti­es and complex system integratio­n skills, planning prowess and execution efficiency of L&T.

L&T Defence is currently producing the ‘K9 VAJRA-T’ 155mm/52 calibre Tracked, Self-Propelled Howitzer Guns under the largest contract awarded to an Indian Private Company by the Ministry of Defence.

On this occasion, J.D. Patil, Wholetime Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Defence & Smart Technologi­es), L&T, said.

“With the delivery of 91st Vajra Howitzer, we have created an Industry benchmark by once again delivering the only inservice, 155mm/52 calibre Artillery Gun, ahead of schedule. We hope and believe that under the Atmanirbha­r Bharat policies of the Central Government.

The ‘K9 VAJRA-T’ systems are being delivered with more than 80% indigenous work packages and above 50% indigenisa­tion (by value) at the Program level. This involves local production of over 13,000 types of components per gun system through a supply chain of about 1000 industrial partners, mostly MSMEs, with about 150 of them being from the state of Gujarat.

L&T targeted and took sustained efforts and innovated by indigenisi­ng ‘K9 VAJRA-T’, right from the first prototype developed for user evaluation trials by utilising basic K9 Thunder from the South Korean Partner Hanwha Systems and indigenous­ly developing and producing fourteen critical systems, including the Fire Control System, Direct Fire System, Ammunition Handling System and other environmen­t control and safety systems to suit Indian operating conditions and requiremen­ts.

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