Artillery types

Armenia signs another arms deal with India

The Indian press, referring to a statement published on November 9 by the local company Bharat Forge, reports that the latter’s military-industrial subsidiary, Kalyani Strategic System, has received an order of 155 million US dollars to export systems of 155mm artillery guns to Armenia over the next few years. three years.

Although Bharat Forge did not reveal the identity of the customer, the Indian Trade standard The news site writes that according to its sources at the Indian Ministry of Defense, the contract was signed with the Armenian government.

Ajai Shukla, who wrote the Business Standard article, is a retired Indian Army colonel who covers security issues in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. He writes a regular column for the Business Standard and contributes articles to The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, Al Jazeera and the South China Morning Post.

Shukla’s sources at the Indian Ministry of Defense claim that the military order information has been made public due to regulations set by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) (this information may affect the stock price ). Bharat Forge publicly disclosed the order received by its subsidiary on the Bombay Stock Exchange, which was picked up by the media.

Shukla notes that Bharat Forge is becoming a major player in the field of self-propelled artillery, as is another Indian company, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL). Both are collaborating with the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to produce the 155mm ATAGS towed howitzer. Shukla notes that it is a heavier, more powerful, and longer range weapon than the same caliber IAC. But these two are just a part of Bharat Forge’s arsenal.

The Indian The footprint The website writes that according to Indian military industry sources, Kalyani Strategic System, a subsidiary of Bharat Forge, likely received this $155.5 million order from one of the Middle Eastern countries.

According to The Print, in 2020 Saudi Arabia tested the Bharat 52, a 155mm towed howitzer with a range of 41 km (ATAGS is 48 km). The Saudis also tried the Garuda 105 ICBM from the same manufacturer, which is a 105mm howitzer mounted on an armored chassis.

In October, Armenian Defense Minister Suren Papikyan led a delegation to a defense industry exhibition (DefExpo-2022) in Gandhinagar, India, showcasing locally manufactured armaments and defense systems.

This latest arms deal follows a $245 million contract signed in September 2022 between Armenia and India for the purchase of Indian-made Pinaka multi-barreled rocket launchers, anti-tank rockets and various types of ammunition.

In 2020, Armenia ordered four mobile Swathi radars, at a cost of $40 million, from India. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the radar, designed to detect and track incoming artillery and rocket fire for targeting, was delivered in 2021.

Top photo: Bahrat 52 artillery gun

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