It has not even been a week after India’s nuclear submarine INS Arihant completed its patrol, now India is all set to execute another historic milestone in the field of defence. Yes, the Indian Army has inducted three new artillery guns and equipment which includes K9 Vajra and M777 howitzers at the Deolali artillery centre in Nashik. This induction will deliver the much needed superiority to the Indian Army at the borders.
The induction is making buzz in India because this is the first big deal after the 1980s Bofors. While speaking on this, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said “It is after 30 years that we are procuring such guns. Under the new government since 2014, procurement of Army equipment has been expedited. Under the PM’s guidance, negotiations were started and within four years we inducted these guns and many more will be inducted in the future”.
The US made M777 howitzers light weight guns:
This deadly US made light weight guns are operational only in Australia, Canada, and Saudi Arabia. The cost of 145 M777 guns amount to Rs 5000 crore and it would be delivered over the next two years. Speaking on the specialty of M777, defence minister said “State of the art Gun Systems being inducted today in the Indian Army- 155mm M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzer. This medium gun can be heli-lifted even in mountainous areas”.
#WATCH Nasik: The M777 Ultra Light Howitzer which was inducted in the Army recently,in action. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat were also present on the occasion pic.twitter.com/2eZgP28QHb
— ANI (@ANI) November 9, 2018
Joe Senftle, who is the vice president and general manager of BAE Systems’ weapon systems business said “The Indian Army is receiving an extremely reliable and battle-proven artillery platform. The M777 brings a new level of capability to the artillery unit by offering rapid deployment and extreme accuracy. It can operate in areas that are difficult to access and is also very easy to maintain”.
K9 Vajra: Capable of firing three rounds in 30 seconds in the ‘burst’ mode!
Yes, another deadly induction is the K9 Vajra which has a maximum range of 28-38 km. It should be noted that three rounds can be fired in just 30 seconds in the ‘burst’ mode, 15 rounds in three minutes in the ‘intense’ mode and 60 rounds in 60 minutes in the ‘sustained’ mode, according to reports. Rs 4,366 crore is the cost of all the 100 K9 guns and it will be delivered to India by November 2020.
Apart from the above two, there is one more acquisition. The Defence minister said “A third equipment is also being inducted today- the Common Gun Tower, a 6×6 vehicle with cross country capability. Required to tow the medium guns. These Common Gun Towers are made by the Indian Company Ashok Leyland”.