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Indian Army soon with delivery of Dhanush 155mm artillery gun

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JABALPUR: In what would be a shot in the arm for a force that has not had a new 155mm artillery gun inducted since the Bofors scandal of 1987, the Indian Army is set to soon be handed over the indigenously-developed howitzer 'Dhanush', also known as 'desi bofors'.

"Dhanush, the indigenously-developed 155mm gun with 45 calibre having advanced features, is likely to be handed over to the army in November this year," Senior General Manager of Jabalpur's Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), NK Sinha, told here.

The gun, a towed howitzer with a strike range of 38-km, has been developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata, after going through the design and voluminous documents running into more than 12,000 pages which were delivered to India under the first phase of Transfer of Technology (ToT) as part of the Bofors gun deal in late 80s, an official said.

Costing about Rs 14 crore apiece, Dhanush is comparable to most current generation weapons systems which are in use by different countries, the official added.

Along with electronic gun-laying and sighting systems and other features, the indigenously-developed gun has an enhanced 11-km range as against the gun range of 27-km of the imported Bofors.

Indian army had stationed a special team of officers at GCF to help monitor the progress, coordinate proof resources and provide guidance regarding the qualitative requirements vis-a-vis the gun system from the user's perspective, the official said.

"A team from the 506 Army Base Workshop, close to CGF, was constantly providing technical inputs which it acquired for the project for over more than two decades," he added.

The Swedish Bofors company (now owned by Britain's BAE System) could not complete the ToT for the 155mm howitzer with 39 caliber to India as the deal got embroiled in a major political row over alleged kickbacks in 80s.

Subsequently, OFB struggled for a long time to produce the howitzer indigenously despite the fact that it has manufactured and supplied several components or spare parts to keep the Bofors howitzers operational in India, especially during Kargil war.

The army has been desperately looking for a 155mm howitzer for more than a decade now. In the past, it had roped in an Israeli company, Soltam, to upgrade the imported, Russian-made 130mm gun to 155mm at GCF. But the project, after the upgraded gun's trial, got caught up in some dispute, the official said.

For well over seven years, the army has been worried over its dwindling artillery strength and has frequently raised concerns over it. The army made several attempts to procure four types of howitzers, but all of them proved abortive due to one reason or the other.

Three years ago, the Defence Acquisition Council had decided to look for artillery guns within the country and asked OFB to start manufacturing howitzers.

Towards that end, former defence minister AK Antony had flagged off a 155mm gun manufacturing facility at GCF on September 22, 2012.

The above move had come after four international howitzer firms -- Soltam, Denel, Singapore Technologies Kinetics and Rheinmetall -- were blacklisted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) over allegations of graft.

"The project has received support and active cooperation from other ordnance factories, PSUs such as SAIL, BEL, and many private sector companies. Their support has made the project a huge success," Sinha said.

Three Dhanush guns have already been readied and an equal number of the howitzers are being manufactured in the more- than-a-century-old GCF for delivery to the army.

Army has demanded the six howitzers following successful summer and winter trials of the artillery gun. The trials saw some 2,000 rounds being successfully fired from the howitzer in different climatic conditions in India in snowy, desert and hostile areas, the official added.

The gun will shortly go through maintainability and engineering evaluation and GCF was confident that their product would clear the same, the official said.

Army is looking to acquire a total of 114 of the Dhanush guns from GCF to augment its firepower, he said.

The army needs a huge number of howitzers of different types and Indian firms, some with the help of foreign manufacturers, are in the race to fulfil that demand with the gun's variants.

Ref:- Shot in the arm for Indian Army soon with delivery of Dhanush 155mm artillery gun - The Economic Times
 

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So basically, the Bofors ToT helps to make a local copy dubbed as "indigenously-developed" . So is it a 45 calibre or 52?
 

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So basically, the Bofors ToT helps to make a local copy dubbed as "indigenously-developed" . So is it a 45 calibre or 52?
Unfortunately it is true. The only saving grace is that they were able to make the gun with the existing ToT instead of having to go ask again. It does incorporate improvements too.
 

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so you mean to say priviusly you don't have 155mm gun to use on LOC ?:lol: please take care as pakistan use AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar kaheen new gun na turwa bethna bhai :P




and then from other side of LOC wait for panther M-115 203mm round





imran bhai IA uses BEL Weapon Locating Radar which is superior to your american AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar :p:...so a round will also go from dhanush :bounce:
 

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So basically, the Bofors ToT helps to make a local copy dubbed as "indigenously-developed" . So is it a 45 calibre or 52?
Unfortunately its true the only good thing about it is that it will be fully manufactured here & has a lot of improvements
 

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Ammunition All NATO standard 155mm shells and all NATO standard charge systems

Range Diagram
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Performance Parameters :

RANGE (Max) 39 km
MUZZLE VELOCITY 897 m/s
MASS OF GUN IN FIRING POSITIO 8000 kg
MASS OF GUN IN TRAVELLING POSITION 8700 kg
RECOIL MASS 3390 kg

LENGTH OF GUN IN TRAVELLING POSITION 11900 mm
LENGTH OF GUN IN FIRING POSITION 11300 mm
HEIGHT OF GUN IN TRAVELLING POSITION 2550 mm
RATE OF FIRE 4 rds /min
 

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It is important to place on record a little known fact about this Project Dhanush. It was started with a unique initiative from Lt Gen Anjan Mukherjee, an Artillery Officer, who was then Director General of Financial Planning (DGFP) maintained the need for in self-reliance in artillery capabilities. The visionary leadership of DGFP, who later took over as DG Artillery, resulted in creation of the road map for initiating the programme for indigenous development of the 155 mm gun during March 2011.​

With very few optimists in the environment, this small team started taking big steps in gun development capabilities, with a mission to develop a state of art weapon system using available knowledge and manufacturing capabilities of the nation.
 

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It is important to place on record a little known fact about this Project Dhanush. It was started with a unique initiative from Lt Gen Anjan Mukherjee, an Artillery Officer, who was then Director General of Financial Planning (DGFP) maintained the need for in self-reliance in artillery capabilities. The visionary leadership of DGFP, who later took over as DG Artillery, resulted in creation of the road map for initiating the programme for indigenous development of the 155 mm gun during March 2011.

With very few optimists in the environment, this small team started taking big steps in gun development capabilities, with a mission to develop a state of art weapon system using available knowledge and manufacturing capabilities of the nation.
Not to mention, hopefully the 52 calibre will be produced by L&T and Tata.
 

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