Deadly K9 VAJRA-T howitzer Fulfil Indian Army’s Needs ?
Indian Army will soon have the deadly K9 VAJRA-T 155mm/ 52 calibre tracked self-propelled howitzer in its arsenal. The gun developed and built by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Defence is likely to enter service by the end of May 2018.
Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T ) recently entered into a contract with the defence ministry for a Rs4500 crore order to supply 100 artillery guns to the Indian Army.While 10 guns will be directly bought from South Korea , 90 will be manufactured in L&T’s Strategic Systems Complex in Talegaon near Pune.Along with its South Korean technology partner Hanwha Tech Win (HTW) L&T had bid for this ‘Buy Global’ acquisition program of MoD in 2011 and emerged as the sole qualified bidder out of four bidders for the program. The first lot of K9 delivery as per the contract are to begin from Nov 2018.
K9 VAJRA-T 155mm/ 52 Cal. Tracked Self-Propelled Howitzer meets the requirements of 21st Century warfare which are based on the following missions: Deep fire support with longer firing range; Qualitative superiority to overcome a numerical inferiority with a higher rate of fire and accuracy; and Effective & Sustainable fire support in all kinds of circumstances with higher mobility and protection.K9 VAJRA-T is a variant of K9 Thunder is serving as one of the main conventional deterrent forces for a number of armies including the Korean Army.K9 VAJRA-T will be an asset to any field artillery unit.
At present several armies across the world have the K9 Thunder in their arsenal. The gun has a proven track record of delivering devastating firepower in extreme weather conditions, jungles, barren deserts and severely cold areas. The K9 VAJRA-T is capable of firing Indian as well as all NATO standard ammunition and has been modified to ensure smooth operations in the desert environment of Rajasthan.
These guns will have over 50% indigenous content and will be delivered from L&T’s manufacturing facilities in Pune, including a new Armoured Systems Complex at Hazira.