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19 Jan 2019

PM Modi inaugurates India's first private-sector howitzer manufacturing unit

India's first private-sector howitzer-making unit inaugurated

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Armoured Systems Complex in Hazira, Gujarat, as part of the ongoing Vibrant Gujarat summit.

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.

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India's first private-sector howitzer-making unit inaugurated
In 2017, L&T won a defense contract worth Rs. 4,500cr

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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.

WATCH: PM Modi taking a ride on a K9 howitzer

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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range of 75km, the K9 Vajra is a versatile system that can be quickly brought into battle, utilized, and then quickly withdrawn.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

M777

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.

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What is a howitzer?

Asked on 19-01-2019 by Abhinav Kadam

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A howitzer is a type of artillery characterized by relatively short barrels and comparatively small propellant charges. Howitzers fire projectiles over high trajectories at low velocities with a steep angle of descent.

When were the first howitzers invented?

Asked on 19-01-2019 by Hansika Saxena

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The first howitzers were invented in the late 17th century in Sweden.

What is the biggest howitzer ever made?

Asked on 19-01-2019 by Rajesh Malik

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The Schwerer Gustav, built by Germany in the 1930s, is the largest-calibre artillery piece to have ever been used in combat. Weighing a massive 1,350 tons, the Schwerer Gustav could fire shells weighing up to seven tons over distances of 47km. It was destroyed by the Germans towards the end of World War II to avoid capture by the Red Army.

What are some of the best modern howitzers?

Asked on 19-01-2019 by Vishal Trivedi

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The Archer FH77 BW L52 Self-Propelled Howitzer, DONAR Artillery Gun Module, PzH 2000, CAESAR 155mm Howitzer, K9 Thunder, NORA-B/52 SP Gun-Howitzer, KRAB 155mm SPH, ATMOS 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer, Singapore Self Propelled Howitzer 1 (SSPH 1) Primus, and Paladin M109A6 PIM are some of the best modern-day howitzers.

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