Indian Army gets first batch of Dhanush artillery guns

The Indian Army on Monday received its first batch of artillery guns ‘desi Bofors’ in Jabalpur. It will be deployed along India’s borders with Pakistan and China.

The Dhanush, which has a calibre of 155x45mm, is the first ever indigenous artillery gun of this calibre. In army parlance, it is classified as ‘medium artillery’. The army’s artillery arm has ‘medium regiments’ that consist of guns of this calibre and of 130mm calibre. The Bofors, which had played a crucial role in targeting Pakistani military positions during the 1999 Kargil War, and similarly has a 155mm calibre is part of such regiments.

Untitled design - 2019-04-08T124125.623“Dhanush gun has emerged as a reliable and robust gun system at par with the latest in the world and will increase the firepower of the Indian artillery manifold. It is truly “Make in India” marvel,” said officials. The 155mm x 45 Cal FH Gun ‘DHANUSH’ is a new generation towed artillery gun with major upgraded features over the existing 155/39 cal. FH 77 B02 gun. Indigenisation to the extent of approx. 81 per cent, has already been achieved. By the end of 2019, the indigenisation level will go up to 91 per cent.

On February 18, OFB had received the bulk production clearance of manufacturing of 114 guns. GCF has handed over 6 Dhanush guns for issuance to Indian Army. DGOF & Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) handed over the first batch of ‘Dhanush’ to Central Ordnance Depot (COD), Jabalpur.

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