Indian Army to get a new artillery gun more than 20 years after Bofors

The Indian army is soon to get its desi version of the Bofors guns, which have entered the production phase after clearing the trial stage. Called the Dhanush artillery guns, the project has taken off after it received the Bulk Production Clearance (BPC) from the army for 144 guns, reports Indian Express.

 Indian Army to get a new artillery gun more than 20 years after Bofors

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Sources told The Indian Express that the  Ordinance Factories Board (OFB) has started the production of the local 155 mm/45 calibre artillery gun, keeping in line the 'Make in India' campaign.

As decided at the OFB’s General Managers’ strategic conference held in June, the Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur plans to supply 6 guns within 6 months, another 12 guns within the next 12 months and the remaining 36 guns within 24 months.

According to the army's Field Artillery Rationalisation Plan, they need to purchase 2,820 different kinds of artillery guns to replace obsolete. The order for 144 guns is expected to cost Rs 1,260 crore.

This will be the first gun that the Army will acquire after Bofors and is based on the design and manufacturing technology on which the Swedish Bofors gun was on.

 

Read the whole Indian Express report here.

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Updated Date: Jul 06, 2015 17:13:30 IST