Army gets more fire­power with 2 gun sys­tems

Ul­tra­light how­itzer, self-pro­pelled gun and ar­tillery trac­tor in­ducted

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS - PTI

In a boost to the Army’s fire­power and ca­pa­bil­ity en­hance­ment, De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man on Fri­day in­ducted three ma­jor ar­tillery gun sys­tems, in­clud­ing the M777 A2 ul­tra­light how­itzers, K-9 Va­jra self-pro­pelled gun, and a ‘com­pos­ite gun-tow­ing ve­hi­cle’.

Speak­ing at the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony, at Ma­ha­rash­tra’s De­o­lali Field Fir­ing Ranges, the Min­is­ter said many more such sys­tems would be in­ducted into the Army in the next few years.

How­itzers from US

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

Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Sub­hash Bhamre, Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Bipin Rawat and for­mer Army chief Gen­eral An M777 How­itzer fires dur­ing the for­mal in­duc­tion of the gun sys­tem at the De­o­lali ar­tillery cen­tre in Ma­ha­rash­tra on Fri­day

Deepak Kapoor were present. The 155mm, 39 cal­i­bre ul­tra­light how­itzers have been pro­cured from the US 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 flex­i­bil­ity in de­ploy­ment in var­i­ous ter­rains. It is in ser­vice with the Amer­i­can, Cana­dian, and Aus­tralian armies and has proven its met­tle in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Guns from South Korea

The first ten K9 Va­jra 155mm/52 cal­i­bre guns have been im­ported

from Han­wha Tech­win of South Korea in semi-knocked-down state and as­sem­bled by L&T in In­dia.

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

The 6x6 Field Ar­tillery Trac­tor has been in­dige­nously de­vel­oped by Ashok Ley­land and will re­place the age­ing fleet of ar­tillery gun tow­ing ve­hi­cles.

The pro­cure­ment process for the equip­ment was ini­ti­ated in 2006 dur­ing the Congress rule, but didn’t ad­vance fur­ther, the Min­is­ter said.

An im­pres­sive dis­play of equip­ment and a fire­power demo by the guns of the In­dian ar­tillery was held on the oc­ca­sion.

Indige­nous gun sys­tems/sur­veil­lance and tar­get ac­qui­si­tion sys­tems re­cently in­tro­duced in ser­vice were also on dis­play.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.