India’s own Bofors ready, field trials in progress

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  1. EagleOne

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    In a significant development that would provide the much-needed impetus to artillery’s firepower, India is ready with an indigenous 155mm, 52-calibre state-of-the-art gun. The Bangalore-based defence public sector undertaking, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, is ready with the wheeled gun and field trials have already started at its testing tracks in the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), Karnataka.

    This development comes in the backdrop of the fact that the artillery has not purchased a long-range gun in about 20 years following the Bofors gun controversy. The Government recently gave the nod to inviting global tenders for the 155mm guns and the proposed contract for over 1,000 guns, besides other range of artillery guns including Howitzers, worth over `20,000 crore.

    Talking exclusively to The Pioneer, BEML chairman and managing director VRS Natarajan said they were the nodal processing agency for this gun, which would enhance the lethality of the defence forces. The gun is part of a technology transfer between a Slovakian company, DMD, and BEML to produce this high-precision gun for the Indian armed forces.

    Natarajan said, “We have already been made a nodal processing agency for the 155mm, 52-calibre gun which is a state-of-the-art weapon to be inducted by India. We will produce and supply this to the defence forces. It’s a technology transfer; India wants to go for a very upgraded tank which is faster, lighter and able to have a greater fire power with lethality.”

    He also said, “For the wheeled gun project, we have tied up with a Slovakian company, DMD, for a defence offset and the vehicle has already been made available for trial.

    The time frame is about three years from the date of order by the defence forces. We expect it to commence in the current year or at most the next year.”

    According to the BEML chief, the company was also looking at the tracked version of the same gun, which will give better fire power. “We have already set up a state-of-the-art, world-class test track. We have a firing range too,” Natarajan said, adding that the PSU was also in the process of setting up infrastructure for the overhauling of T72 and T90 tanks.

    According to officials, the 155mm, 52-calibre gun — which is already in use by NATO countries - would augment Indian capabilities. At present, BEML has set up a testing range at KGF and started the trial of Suzana guns. This wheeled gun would increase the artillery power of the Indian Army. The gun’s trial evaluation is over and it is waiting for the request for proposal from the Indian Army, the officials added.



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  3. Patriot

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    This really a GREAT NEWS!!:happy_7:
     
  4. The Messiah

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    This new development pleases me.
     
  5. Kunal Biswas

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    If we have done this before, lots of things would be different by now..
    I hope to see pics of this gun and specifications..
     
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    I always say indigenisation will be the best thing for India. Here is one reason why. Just imagine if the government put more effort in helping private industry in India, I wouldn't be surprised if India came out with awesome military equipment that is better than what DRDO is making.
     
  7. Rage

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    Wait a sec, so it's the Zuzanna gun?

    I'm not very pleased to hear that. Something's better than nothing I guess.

    Here're the technical specifics:

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    Technical parameters:

    Caliber: 155 mm (6.10 in)
    Barrel length: 45 cal.
    Number of ammunition carried: 40 projectiles/40 charges
    Maximum range: 39.6 km (25 mi)
    Minimum range: 5.6 km (3.47 mi)
    Rate of fire: 6 rounds per min.

    Sustained rate of fire: 5 rounds per min.
    Loading of projectiles and charges: automatic
    Turret traverse: ±60°
    Elevation/Depression: +70° / -3,5°
    Chassis: modified TATRA 8x8
    Vehicle length: 12.97 meters (42.5 ft)
    Vehicle width: 3.015 meters (9.89 ft)
    Total height: 3.3 meters (10.82 ft)

    Overcoming of obstacles:
    Trench: 2000 mm (6.56 ft)
    Vertical step: 600 mm (1.96 ft)
    Fording: 1400 mm (4.59 ft)
    Total weight of the system: 28450 kg (62,721 lbs)
    Maximum speed: 80 km/h (50 mph)
    Maximum road range: 750 km (466 mi)
    Number of crew: 4


    ...Courtesy of Wikipedia.
     
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    But the Cal seems to differ from the 45 to 52 in the Indian gun case.....
     
  9. prateikf

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    so is it just the wheeled gun and not the towed howitzer? there is a requirement of just 180 wheeled howitzers while the army requires about 1600 towed howitzers.
    Besides the RFP for the towed howitzers has already been issued 2 months back.
     
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    I am not much of an expert on artillery but how does this gun compares with other systems currently available?
     
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    Zuzana

    Specification of other Guns:









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    By the look of things, it looks like an impressive system. But is everyone sure that this is the gun that is being built by BEML??
     
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    and this report says that it is 52 cal
    this might be some thing more advanced & costomised then zuzaan
    beml has alredy worked on bhim and with TOT of DMD it will be a advanced version
     
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    I think we might have a DFI record for the number of thanks for a single post that the poster has got for breaking this news. Such is the importance of the news. Everyone is waiting for something on the arty front. Its like one small step, but a giant leap for Indian artillery. now though is tech transfer from slovakia, it will help India add to it and come up with better systems in the future esp with the electronics like FCS.

    But just last month we had the DRDO pitching itself in to make guns "should" it be asked to. So how is this news related to that? Isnt the DRDO and BEML working in sync?
     
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    does it has multi round simultaneous impact capabilities ???
     
  17. Daredevil

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    Why this news is not being reported by other news papers. This is the only report that is actually talking about this artillery gun. I will wait till there are other articles supporting this report.
     
  18. Sridhar

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    India defence has reportd it.Wai i will post the link.

    Added later

    BEML Offers 155mm, 52 caliber Artillery Gun; Field Trials Begin

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    2010-09-29 Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) has reportedly offered a 155mm, 52-caliber state-of-the-art artillery gun. The Bangalore-based defence public sector undertaking is ready with the wheeled gun and field trials have already started at its testing tracks in the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), Karnataka.

    This development comes in the backdrop of the fact that the artillery has not purchased a long-range gun in about 20 years following the Bofors gun controversy. The Government recently gave the nod to inviting global tenders for the 155mm guns and the proposed contract for over 1000 guns, besides other range of artillery guns including Howitzers, worth over Rs. 20,000 crore.

    BEML chairman and managing director VRS Natarajan said they were the nodal processing agency for this gun, which would enhance the lethality of the defence forces. The gun is part of a technology transfer between a Slovakian company, DMD, and BEML to produce this high-precision gun for the Indian armed forces.

    Natarajan said, "We have already been made a nodal processing agency for the 155mm, 52-caliber gun which is a state-of-the-art weapon to be inducted by India. We will produce and supply this to the defence forces. It’s a technology transfer; India wants to go for a very upgraded tank which is faster, lighter and able to have a greater fire power with lethality."

    He also said, "For the wheeled gun project, we have tied up with a Slovakian company, DMD, for a defence offset and the vehicle has already been made available for trial. The time frame is about three years from the date of order by the defence forces. We expect it to commence in the current year or at most the next year."

    According to the BEML chief, the company was also looking at the tracked version of the same gun, which will give better fire power. "We have already set up a state-of-the-art, world-class test track. We have a firing range too," Natarajan said, adding that the PSU was also in the process of setting up infrastructure for the overhauling of T72 and T90 tanks.

    According to officials, the 155mm, 52-caliber gun -- which is already in use by NATO countries - would augment Indian capabilities. At present, BEML has set up a testing range at KGF and started the trial of Suzana guns. This wheeled gun would increase the artillery power of the Indian Army. The gun's trial evaluation is over and it is waiting for the request for proposal from the Indian Army, the officials added.


    http://www.india-defence.com/reports-4579
     
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    ZUZANA with the Greek army

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  21. gogbot

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    What the hell is that ?

    How can that ever be a stable system.

    Is that even an Arjun Chais or have they forced the gun onto a T-72
     

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