PM Modi inaugurates India's first private-sector howitzer manufacturing unit
The inauguration of the plant marked the official opening of India's first private-sector howitzer gun making unit.
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was also present during the inauguration.
Here are the details.
In 2017, L&T won a defense contract worth Rs. 4,500cr
In 2017, L&T, in cooperation with South Korean company Hanwha Land Systems, had won a defense contract worth Rs. 4,500cr to supply 100 units of the K9 Vajra-T 155mm/52 calibre Tracked Self-Propelled gun systems to the Indian Army.
The K9 Vajra howitzer is a derivative of the South Korea-designed 'Thunder' SPH, and the contract was awarded after careful evaluation of alternatives from around the world.
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The versatility of the K9s will boost the army's capabilities
The K9 Vajra howitzers are expected to give the Indian Army's artillery capabilities a massive boost, especially as the weapon systems are capable of moving in tandem with armored formations.
With a claimed range of 75km, the K9 Vajra is a versatile system that can be quickly brought into battle, utilized, and then quickly withdrawn.
The system's speed makes it less susceptible to enemy fire.
In November, US-built M777 howitzers were also inducted
However, the K9 Vajra howitzers aren't the only artillery India has recently invested in.
In November last year, Sitharaman inducted the US-built M777 155mm towed gun system into the Indian Army.
A deal of Rs. 5,000cr was made for the acquisition of 145 M777 howitzers, to be built by US-based BAE Systems in collaboration with Mahindra.
Vibrant Gujarat Summit
) Armoured Systems Complex
Armoured Systems Complex
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Hanwha Land Systems
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi
US-based BAE Systems
US-built M777 155mm
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