Army inducts new artillery guns after three decades

Getting over the shadow of the bofors scandal, the Indian Navy on Friday inducted its first recent items of artillery in three a long time. The M777 Ultra-Gentle Howitzer from the US and K9 Vajra-T tracked self-propelled artillery gun from South Korea were formally inducted into carrier at the Deolali field firing ranges in Maharastra.The guns were inducted in the presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy Chief Gen Bipin Rawat. The Navy will accept three M777 and 10 K9s this year. The Navy had final inducted Bofors artillery guns procured from Sweden in the early 1980s. Plenty of attempts to to find recent guns later maintain no longer made growth.In April 2017, the Indian engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Hanwa Techwin of South Korea signed a contract to kind the K9 Vajra-T guns. The K9 was shortlisted by the Navy after wide trials and the deal is price about ₹four,500 crore for 100 guns.K9 Vajra-T is a 155-mm, fifty two-calibre self-propelled artillery gun with a most vary of Forty km, customised from the fashioned K9 Sing gun. The fire control map has been customised for barren stammer stipulations to the requirements of the Navy.As per settlement, the predominant 10 guns are to be imported from South Korea and the relaxation manufactured by L&T in India. The final 100 guns will seemingly be delivered by November 2020. The main regiment shall be in region by July 2019.The M777 which is the lightest in its class will seemingly be deployed by the Navy for utilize in the mountains.In November 2016, India signed a deal for 100 45 M777 ULHs with the U.S. below the Foreign Militia Sales programme at a price of $737 million. Of the 100 45 guns, 25 will seemingly be imported while the final a hundred and twenty will seemingly be assembled in India in partnership with Mahindra team. Deliveries are slated to be carried out by mid-2021.The M777 is a 155-mm, 39-calibre towed artillery gun and weighs acceptable four tonnes, making it transportable below slung from helicopters.