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Army working with OFB, DRDO on indigenous artillery gun programs, says Lt Gen Chawla

Getting started to solve problems with Dhanush natives, towed artillery guns, says director general of artillery

Getting started to solve problems with Dhanush natives, towed artillery guns, says director general of artillery

Improved roads in border areas and the introduction of Chinook heavy-lift helicopters will allow the army to quickly deploy artillery guns to forward areas, Lt. Gen. TK Chawla, director general, said on Monday. artillery.

On artillery modernization, he said the Army was working closely and doing “a lot of hand in hand” with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to resolve issues with native Dhanush and towed artillery guns to turn them into “robust and reliable” systems.

“Since its design and development project, it follows the Preliminary Quality of Service Requirements (PSQR) developed by DRDO and the military. During the tests, some parameters have been achieved and others still need to be improved. These concerns have been shared with DRDO,” Lt. Gen. Chawla said during an interaction with some reporters on the eve of Gunners Day, observed September 28.

The Advanced Towed Array Gun System (ATAGS) is a 155 mm 52 caliber heavy artillery gun jointly developed by DRDO in partnership with Bharat Forge and the Tata Group.

“Shooting trials took place recently in July-August in Pokhran. DRDO is working with its development partners to achieve these firing and non-firing parameters,” he said while stating that a timeline cannot be given as this was a design project. and development.

About the Dhanush artillery gun developed by the OFB based on the original drawings of the Swedish Bofors guns, Lt. Gen. Chawla said that there were few start-up problems that they needed to solve, but that c was a good work in progress.

“As a user, we hope it bears fruit sooner rather than later. As long as they are able to resolve these issues, we can go down to a level of trust as agreed with OFB,” he said.The army has already given a withdrawal for 114 Dhanush guns with the OFB.

The military did a lot of outreach, both for ATAGS and for Dhanush, he added.

As of August 2018, the Defense Acquisition Board had approved the purchase of 150 of these weapons for an approximate amount of ₹3,365 crore which would be split between the two companies. There is an overall requirement for 1,580 of these weapons.

« Border roads [Organisation] made a lot of effort to build the network in remote areas. I think this effort will continue and we will be able to get weapons in more areas,” Lt. Gen. Chawla said.

Robust hardware

Lt. Gen. Chawla was recently in eastern Ladakh and visited gun positions and interacted with the troops deployed there to motivate them amid the standoff with China.

“The 105mm field guns are still very robust with a very high angle of fire, which is so essential in the mountains. Most of the deployment in eastern Ladakh is largely of this caliber,” Lt. Gen. Chawla said, adding that as the other guns move in sufficient numbers, they will replace the guns. 105mm.

The military has also deployed its latest M777 Ultra Light Howitzers (ULH) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. The army had contracted 145 M777 guns and to date three regiments are operational. The fourth regiment is in the process of acquiring equipment and in conversation, he said.

Stating that the ULH gives that added benefit of mobility due to their lighter weight, Lt. Gen. Chawla said training “continues to move guns from sector to sector with the Chinook helicopters.”

In addition, the army also inducted 100 K9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers and Lt. Gen. Chawla said the army is considering purchasing more. The army recently issued a tender for the purchase of more than 800 mounted gun systems, which it said were particularly suitable for the mountains due to their mobility.

Under the Field Artillery Rationalization Program (FARP) enacted after the Kargil conflict in 1999, the army planned to procure nearly 3,000 guns of various types. Under this, towed guns will be the mainstay of the army and artillery is standardized to the 155mm standard.