India is bombarding the border with China and Pakistan with modern artillery and rocket systems for the army
India has significantly increased its firepower across its range over the past two years with the introduction of a range of modern artillery and rocket systems for its artillery units, defense sources said on Tuesday. leading.
Planned capability development and upgrades are part of the Army’s artillery modernization plans, which have gained momentum over the past decade. The artillery regiment is in the process of acquiring a range of unmanned aerial vehicles, including rotary munitions.
Most gun and rocket systems are locally manufactured.
Sources familiar with the development said that while most gun systems and guided munitions have been distributed and introduced to the northern and eastern borders over the past three years, some additional gun systems are also being procured. .
Additional K9 Thunderbolt, M777 Howitzer
The military will soon begin the process of acquiring an additional 100 K9 Vajra-T tracked self-propelled gun systems in 155mm/52 caliber, with the approval of the Defense Acquisition Board (DAC) already in place.
“The RFP will be released very soon,” a defense source said.
However, sources clarified that there were no immediate plans to purchase additional M777 howitzers.
K9 Vajra-T guns were deployed along the LAC in eastern Ladakh after the military clash with China began in May 2020.
Sources said the system had already been tested on the northern borders.
He further said that the existing guns are being given additional “winter kits” so that they can withstand and function in the freezing winters of eastern Ladakh. However, the new gun to buy will come with a system kit consisting of nine elements.
Sources said that the process of raising the 7th M777 howitzer regiment is underway. The army had deployed high-mobility systems, 145 of which were purchased from BAE Systems in the northeast, which added a significant punch to India’s firepower along the LAC.
The 155mm 39 caliber Todd artillery gun can be transported by Chinook helicopters at short notice and quickly deployed across borders. As News18 reported earlier this month, helipads for Chinook helicopters are being built at all northeast outposts for rapid movement of troops and equipment.
The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), which was developed by the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) and manufactured in association with Bharat Forge Limited and Tata Advanced Systems Limited, has completed a series extensive testing. The sources cited above said that while further specific testing is pending, preliminary test reports have shown that the particular 155mm/52 caliber howitzer is a robust gun system.
Defense sources said that the indigenous Sharang 130mm gun system’s durability and technology have been upgraded to a capable “Apgan” gun with better range and accuracy.
He said three regiments of gun systems are currently in operation and the fourth regiment is getting ready.
The army has also introduced an upgraded version of the automatic fire control system for artillery weapon systems deployed on the northern borders, which can provide artillery firepower in a rapid time range with greater great precision.
10 Pinaka Native Weapons System Regiment
Sources said that the army currently has four regiments of Pinaka Multi Launcher Rocket System (MLRS), but has also ordered the mobilization of six additional regiments, whose deliveries are expected soon.
“These regiments will be equipped with electronically and mechanically enhanced weapon systems, which will be capable of firing multiple types of ammunition over long distances,” a second source said.
The source further said that after a thorough check, a regiment has been inducted into the high altitude area along the northern borders and a high altitude firing check is scheduled.
The military also plans to induct long-range guided rockets for the Pinaka MLRS, which fire up to a long range of 75 km with “significant accuracy”, sources said, adding that the modern weapon system is capable of providing artillery firepower. The ability will increase long range capability.
The army currently has five Grad rocket regiments and three Smerch regiments.
“Need for a Consortium Culture in Indigenous Manufacturing”
Additionally, the indigenous Swati weapons detection radar was introduced and deployed along the northern borders.
A counter-battery radar, designed to detect and track incoming artillery and rocket fire, could assess the origin point of the Swati counter-bombardment.
The radar is similar to the ANTPQ-37 radar, used in design and performance with the military, but is said to be more user friendly.
The sources cited above stated that with the exception of the ultra-light howitzers, all gun systems purchased in the last five years are locally manufactured.
“However, a union culture, which exists on a global scale, must be introduced into the local manufacture of weapons and weapon systems rather than supplying individual orders to companies.
This will significantly reduce the indigenous manufacturing lead time,” a defense official said.
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