India — Higher Callibre Artillery Gun To Be Ready By 2013

This was the detail giv­en by the Min­istry of Defence regard­ing the indige­nous artillery man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­gramme.

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As per the Defence Acqui­si­tion Coun­cil deci­sion of Octo­ber 2011, Ord­nance Fac­to­ry Board (OFB) is to man­u­fac­ture 155mm How­itzers as per the details giv­en below:-

(i) Man­u­fac­tur­ing of two pro­to­types of 155mm/39 cal­i­bre FH 77 B02 and two pro­to­types of upgrad­ed 155mm/45 cal­i­bre How­itzer Gun.
(ii) Also simul­ta­ne­ous­ly car­ry­out elec­tron­ic and mechan­i­cal upgrade (to 45mm cal­i­bre) on one ‘in ser­vice’ 155mm/39 cal­i­bre gun sep­a­rate­ly.

The time lines for OFB to offer indige­nous How­itzers for tri­als are as fol­lows:-

(iii) Two pro­to­types of 155mm/39 cal­i­bre guns by Decem­ber 2012.
(iv) Two pro­to­types of 155mm/45 cal­i­bre guns by June 2013.

The Tech­nol­o­gy Trans­fer Agree­ment with Swedish com­pa­ny allows this pro­vi­sion.

The Gov­ern­ment of India had entered into License Agree­ment with M/s AB Bofors, Swe­den for indige­nous man­u­fac­ture of 155mm/39 cal­i­bre FH 77 B02 Gun and Ammu­ni­tion along with the pro­cure­ment of 155mm/39 cal­i­bre FH77 B02 for the Indi­an Army.

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