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Sitharaman to attend induction event of K9 Vajra, M777 howitzers tomorrow

The first regiment of K9 Vajra is expected to complete by July 2019

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will attend a ceremony on Friday to induct new and equipment, including and M777 howitzers, at centre in Nashik, a ministry spokesperson said.

Induction of 100 at a cost of Rs 43.66 billion is to complete by November 2020. The first batch of 10 guns will be delivered this month, spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand told reporters on Thursday.

The next 40 guns will be delivered in November 2019, and another 50 in November 2020, he said.

The first regiment of K9 Vajra, first-ever artillery gun manufactured by the Indian private sector, is expected to complete by July 2019.

The gun has a maximum range of 28-38 km. It is capable of burst firing three rounds in 30 seconds, an intense firing of 15 rounds in three minutes and sustained firing of 60 rounds in 60 minutes, he said.

The Army is also going to raise seven regiments of 145

Five guns each will be delivered to the Army beginning August 2019 and the entire process will complete in the following 24 months. The first regiment will complete by October next year, the spokesperson said.

The gun, having a range of 30 km, can be moved to the desired location using helicopters and service aircraft.

Compact gun tractor to tow 130 MM and 155 MM will also be inducted during the ceremony, the officer said. It is fitted with a crane that can handle ammunition weighing two tons.

The maximum speed of the vehicle without a tow is 80 km per hour which comes down to 50 km per hour with a gun attached to it, he added.

First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 19:35 IST
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