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Boost to army firepower as 3 artillery gun systems inducted

Press Trust of India  |  Deolali (Maha) 

In a boost to the Army's firepower and capability enhancement, Defence Nirmala Sitharaman Friday inducted three major gun systems, including the M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers, self-propelled gun and and a 'Composite Gun Towing Vehicle'.

Speaking at the induction ceremony, held at Deolali Field Firing Ranges, the said many more such systems would be inducted in the in the next few years.

"These guns are being inducted almost 30 years after the Bofors guns were inducted," Sitharaman said.

of State for Defence, Subhash Bhamre, of Staff, and former Gen were present.

The 155mm, 39 calibre Ultra light Howitzers have been procured from USA under Government to Government Foreign Military Sales and will be assembled in by in partnership with

The gun system is versatile, light weight and can be heli-lifted, thereby providing the much needed flexibility in deployment in various terrains. It is in service in the US, Canadian, Australian and some other armies and has proven its mettle in difficult areas of and

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

The remaining 90 guns will be largely manufactured in with some major assemblies coming from South Korea, the minister said.

Their induction will give a "huge fillip" to the firepower capability of on our western borders, she said.

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

The induction of the also gives a major impetus to Make In India initiative of the government, the minister said.

The procurement process for the equipment was initiated in 2006 during the regime but didn't advance further, the minister said. "In contrast, our government shrunk the process in last four years not only initiated the procurement process but ensure induction," she added.

An impressive display of equipment and a firepower demo by the guns of the indian artillery was held on the occasion.

Indigenous gun systems/surveillance and target acquisition systems ecently introduced in service were also on display.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 16:00 IST