Amid tension with neighbouring Pakistan and China, the Narendra Modi government has expedited several key defence projects for modernising of the forces. Adding more firepower to Indian artillery, the Indian Army will commission the first batch of six Dhanush howitzer guns on March 26.
India’s first indigenous, long-range artillery gun Dhanush, which some refer to as the ‘desi Bofors’, will be inducted at a ceremony that will be held at the Gun Carriage Factory in Jabalpur.
The DRDO and the Ordnance Factory Board had kicked-off the programme to upgrade the design of the Bofors gun obtained under a transfer-of-technology pact. Dhanush will be the third type of artillery guns to be inducted by the Army after K-9 Vajra and M-777 ultra-light howitzers.
It is expected that, by the end of the year, a regiment consisting of 18 guns will be deployed along the China and Pakistan borders. Read More