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Sitharaman unveils Howitzers, Vajras for Army

IANS  |  Nashik (Maharashtra) 

Signalling a major milestone towards capacity building and enhancement of the Army, on Friday dedicated three top globally combat-proven weapons to the nation.

They include the M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers, Self-Propelled Guns and 6x6 Field Tractors, which were launched at the Deolali Field Firing Range at

for Defence Subhash Bhamre, of Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat, dignitaries from the US and and other representatives from the government, armed forces and Indian and were present.

The 155mm, 39 Calibre Ultra light have been procured from the US under government to government Foreign Military Sales and will be assembled in by in partnership with

The Gun System is a versatile, light-weight and can be heli-lifted, thereby providing the much needed flexibility in deployment in various terrains.

The Howitzer is currently in service in the US, Canadian, Australian and several other armies besides proving its mettle in and

The first 10 K9 Vajra 155mm/52 calibre guns have been imported from of in semi knocked down state and have been assemble by in

The balance 90 Guns will be largely manufactured in with some major assemblies coming from

Its induction will give a huge fillip to the firepower capability of on our western borders, said an

The 6x6 Field Tractor has been indigenously developed by and will provide the much awaited replacement for the ageing fleet of gun towing vehicles.

Today's event included an impressive display of the sophisticated equipment and firepower by the Indian artillery.

Also on exhibit were indigenous Gun Systems/Surveillance and that have been recently introduced in service.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 16:36 IST
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