Army testing new K-9 howitzers in Ladakh
NEW DELHI: The Army is now testing whether its new K-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers can be effectively deployed in Ladakh, even as General M M Naravane inducted the last of the 100 such artillery guns ordered for Rs 4,366 crore from a joint venture of L&T and South Korean Hanwha Defence on Thursday.
Three of the 155mm/52-calibre K-9 tracked guns, which have a strike range of 38-km, have been taken to a base up the hills in Ladakh to determine their suitability and efficacy for deployment in the high-altitude region.
Based on the performance of the howitzers, the Army could consider placing additional orders for them. “The guns were inducted for deserts and plains. Some additional kits would be required for high-altitude conditions where temperatures can dip well below minus 20 degree Celsius,” said a source.
“The production of complex platforms like the K-9 Vajra contributes to the Indian economy with a large multiplier effect, creates new job opportunities and plays a significant role in enhancing India’s Industrial ecosystem,” said J D Patil, director & senior executive vice president (defence & smart technologies) of L&T.
L&T的董事兼高级执行副总裁J D Patil说:“ 像K-9金刚这样的复杂平台的生产对印度经济有很大的乘数效应，创造新的就业机会，并在增强印度工业生态系统方面发挥重要作用。”
The order for the K-9 Vajra guns was placed in 2017, which along with the $737 million deal with the US go nment for 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers had finally broken the over 30-year-old Bofors x of the Indian Army.
100 of these complex system guns were ordered in 2017 and all of them delivered already. If it would have been ordered during SCAMgress era, it would have taken 15-20 years with loads of cost overruns and commissions and scams around the deal. Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi!!! Blessed to have him as our PM!!
Mr. Modi should try out these guns on the congress. 1 special round for the idiot Rahul.
khangress is evil
MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI.
Strong leader - strong Nation
Unbelievable speed in our Atmanirbhar mission.
Congress party always used our defence establishment as money making industry for personal gain by purchasing foreign of defence equipments with kickbacks and bribes. They never tried to develop our own defence industries and make self sufficient. The difference between Congress Govt. and NDA Govt. is just contrast.
Delivery of 100 complex guns within 3-4 years a wonderful achievement by L&T. It proves the importance of private sector participation in defense sector. All manufacturing PSUs should be privatised to improve efficiency and lower burden on go nment. Modi go nment has proposed along these lines. Good luck Modi Ji!
Wow 2017 ordered and 100 delivered in 4 years... kudos
we are lucky that scamgress party is not anymore in power and pappu is playing around
As per experts appointed by Shri Rahul Gandhi ji, these are only toy howitzers purchased at exorbitant cost. Needs investigation
Good to hear.We should maintain high quality.
test on Pakistan
PM Modi is very good for Indian Defense industry and Make in India initiative but right now PM has to do something about rising cooking gas and petrol ,diesel prices which are all time high. thats the worry of common man in India
Now the middlemen re gie has been removed by Modi govt. The orders for defense procurement being given by govt to manufacturers directly, congress party is losing a lot of commission it used to receive from middlemen. That is the reason Pappu used to shout against govt to govt Rafale deal.
Let it be tested against Pak terrorists at LOC. We need such weapons to protect the nation.
please k- ll the Chinese with it. it's worth it!!!