Saturday, October 31, 2020
Home Reports Firepower of India under Modi Government

Firepower of India under Modi Government

Also Read

Udit Tripathi
News Junkie, budding writer and an honest Indian.

Indian army, despite being surrounded by hostile neighbors, was deprived of major 155 mm artillery for nearly 3 decades mainly due to the infamous Bofors scandal and policy paralysis by the UPA later. Modi government in 2014, present with indigenous solution of Dhanush and ATAGS guns at nascent stages, successfully tackled the uphill task of improving army’s firepower. Here is how it was done these 5 years:

  1. Dhanush Howitzer (155mm 45 calibre): The Desi and improved version of Bofors howitzer by Ordnance Factory Board has a range of 38km. The programme started in 2010, but its trials successfully were conducted in 2016 and first batch of six howitzers were handed over to Army this April.
  2. DRDO Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (155mm, 52 calibre): ATAGS first grabbed the spotlight when it broke the world record by firing a distance of 47.2 km. The guns successfully completed its trials in 2016-17 and first lot of 40 guns is to start soon.
  3. M777-A2 howitzer (155mm 39 calibre): 145 units of war proven ultra-light howitzers from US were inked via G2G purchase by then RM Manohar Parrikar at $700mn. 10 units have been delivered as of now. These can even be airlifted at the heights of Siachen.
  4. K9 Vajra T (155mm 52 calibre): K9 Vajra T, the improved version of combat proven self-propelled K9 Thunder of Samsung Techwin of S.Korea deal was inked on Sept’15 by then RM Manohar Parrikar. 100 howitzers have been ordered.
  5. M46 upgrade (155mm 45 calibre): The OFB Nalanda has successfully upgraded the Soviet-era howitzers to 155mm at a price of 1cr/unit and improved the range from 27 to 36 km. The Army has ordered to upgrade 300 such guns.
  6. Athos 2052 (155mm 52 calibre): These Elbit guns from Israel recently emerged as a winner over French Trajan gun of Nexter in the Indian Army’s 155mm, 52 calibre artillery competition. It will complement ATAGS in the 52 calibre category.

  Support Us  

OpIndia is not rich like the mainstream media. Even a small contribution by you will help us keep running. Consider making a voluntary payment.

Trending now

Udit Tripathi
News Junkie, budding writer and an honest Indian.
- Advertisement -

Latest News

The fraud of ‘Islamophobia’

The most fraudulent term in today’s English language is “Islamophobia”. It is an absolute misnomer. Islamic and Left-Liberal groups, in their political correctness, use ‘Islamophobia’ to safe guard and cover up Islamic terrorism only.

Why Nikita Tomars of Secular nations will become BalikaVadhu?

Europe will soon have to start Balika Vadhu and ghunghat within few decades if they wish to survive against jihadis as they are fast approaching a great civil war.

Indian texts are riddled with controversial claims; but only if you deliberately decide to isolate the sayings

Neither birth, nor initiation, no descent, nor bookish knowledge determines a person's merit; only their actual conduct, expressed qualities and virtues determine one's merit. There is no superior caste, claims Shanti Parva.

Hindu girl breaks-up with Muslim boy after he denies French kiss

This incident has created a storm in the social media, with Hindu girls taking the side of Raheem and urging Reshma to return back to him.

Hypocrisy – Thy name is Bollywood

Attacking the messenger ideology has left Bollywood totally exposed in the eye of the common public, damage control would have been better organised by owning up to mistakes made and assuring cooperation with the authorities.

Reports make inaccurate claims of the benefits of raising the legal age for women’s marriage

An SBI Ecowrap report has made several inaccurate claims regarding the potential benefits of raising the legal age of marriage of women.

Recently Popular

BOOK REVIEW – “The Saraswati Civilization: A Paradigm Shift in Ancient Indian History”

General Bakshi intelligently elucidates the contradiction inherent in this fake AIT theory, and quotes the biases of some European and American think-tanks perpetuating the societal divide on basis of caste and race,primarily for denigrating the Indic Civilization as exploitative and hegemonic.

सामाजिक भेदभाव: कारण और निवारण

भारत में व्याप्त सामाजिक असामानता केवल एक वर्ग विशेष के साथ जिसे कि दलित कहा जाता है के साथ ही व्यापक रूप से प्रभावी है परंतु आर्थिक असमानता को केवल दलितों में ही व्याप्त नहीं माना जा सकता।

Reports make inaccurate claims of the benefits of raising the legal age for women’s marriage

An SBI Ecowrap report has made several inaccurate claims regarding the potential benefits of raising the legal age of marriage of women.

American election-result has no bearing on India

As far as India is concerned, any party the American people elect, is the legitimate/deserving party to govern that country. Because, it is the sovereign right of that country’s people to have their say.

The story of Lord Jagannath and Krishna’s heart

But do we really know the significance of this temple and the story behind the incomplete idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Maa Shubhadra?