Defence News: Indian L&T has won the defence contract of Indian Army to make and supply it with 100 pieces of 155 mm guns in 52 caliber range.The highly mobile tracked platforms will form an integral part of Army artillery core. The gun will enable the army to shoot and scoot, denying enemy weapons locating radar the opportunity to locate and destroy the weapon. By the time enemy strikes, the guns will have moved to a new area.
L&T has bagged an order for 100 units of 155mm-52 caliber Tracked Self-Propelled Gun systems to the Indian army in next 42 months. “This is our biggest order and it gives us revenue visibility for the next three and a half years,” Jayant Patil, head of defence and aerospace at L&T said (courtesy ET) L&T had emerged as the sole qualified firm, post user trials and evaluations. performance of the K9 VAJRA-T self-propelled Howitzer was found meeting parameters and won the contract. A partnership agreement was signed on April 22 this year for production between L&T and South Korean Hanwha Techwin.
This is the first time, south Korea has come forward with supplying a major system to India in large quantity. The deal involves 50 percent Indian content. “90 will be assembled in India. The first lot of 10 will be built in Korea with 80-to-90 per cent Korean content,” Hanwha Techwin CEO Shin Hyun-Woo had said on 22nd April at the signing ceremony with L&T. Main parts of the gun the barrel and breach will be imported from Korea. “It’s not viable to produce the barrels in India for an order of just 100 guns. We can make this happen in larger programs like towed guns,” said Jayant Patil, L&T’s head of Defence and Aerospace. “There were 13 Indian systems in this prototype,” he further added.
Artillery guns are one system that the army has not yet had it’s hands on, when it comes to new units. This system along with BAE M777 ultralight weight howitzers are one welcome addition to Indian artillery, fresh pieces of which have not been ordered since the bofors ghost. It remains to be seen when and if Bharat forge’s gun, Tata’s 155 howitzer and DRDO 155 mm are ordered and starts rolling out too. The Army has a deep requirement for Artillery and there is space for everyone.
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