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Indian Army Fortifies Defense Arsenal: 200 New Mounted Howitzers And 400 Towed Gun Systems

Story Highlights
  • The process of buying guns is part of the Army's plan to "mediumize" with guns made in the country.
  • The Dhanush, Sharang, Ultra Light Howitzer (ULH), and K-9 Vajra Self Propelled Guns are some of these gun systems.

The Indian Army is about to put out a bid for 200 new mounted howitzers with 105 mm guns. This is to improve its mobile firepower in high-altitude border areas like the Line of Actual Control with China.

An Indian company will soon be able to bid on this “Make in India” project to buy 200 new mounted howitzers with 105 mm 37 calibre guns.

Officials said that this was the first time that the Indian artillery had these kinds of 105-mm mounted howitzers. They said that they would make the formations in front of them stronger.

It is possible for the Indian Army to update its artillery by using the skills of Indian companies. This is because Indian companies have become experts in this area and are now even selling these systems to other countries.

Along with the 200 mounted howitzers, the Defense Ministry will soon start the process of getting 400 new towed guns through the Make in India route.

The proposal to buy 400 towed artillery gun systems is likely to be talked about at the November 30 meeting of the Defense Acquisition Council.

The Indian Army’s Regiment of Artillery wants to use the skills of Indian Industry to make a 155 mm/52 calibre Towed Gun System that is lighter, more flexible, and ready for new technologies.

The Indian Army has already put out a bid to buy 307 Advanced Towed Artillery Gun Systems (ATAGS) and another to find a mounted gun system for its needs along the borders with Pakistan and China.

When the Indian Government Designs, Develops, and Makes a Howitzer, it means that the whole thing is Indian. The Army wants the new guns to be lighter than the old Bofors guns and easier to use in high-altitude areas.

The process of buying guns is part of the Army’s plan to “mediumize” with guns made in the country. It should be finished by 2042. Since the beginning of the decade, four contracts have been signed to buy 155 mm howitzers. There are already some units that have these gun systems, and more are being sent out to get them.

The Dhanush, Sharang, Ultra Light Howitzer (ULH), and K-9 Vajra Self Propelled Guns are some of these gun systems. When it comes to guns, the Dhanush Guns are an electronic upgrade of the Bofors Guns, and the Sharang Guns have more powerful guns (from 130mm to 155mm).

Already, ULHs have been given to seven regiments and self-propelled guns to five.

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