Indian Army held artillery demonstration in Nashik

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    "Exercise Topchi"

    Indian Army held artillery demonstration in Nashik - The Economic Times
    NASHIK: Indian Army today helda spectacular demonstration ofits fire power with 155 mm Howitzers blazing and multi-role helicopters displaying their might in the sky at the annual event organised by Artillery Division at Deolali Camp near here.
    Under "Exercise Topchi", major artillery guns including 120 mm mortar, 105 mm Indian Field Gun, 155 mm Bofors and multi-barrel rocket launchers were wheeled out by the Artillery Regiment here.
    Breathtaking display of operational sortie of multi-roleCheetah and Dhruv helicoptersleft the audience spellbound with army aviators manning these machines in a daredevil display.
    The pilots manoeuvred the helicopters at low-altitude negotiating with trees to conceal their movement under"Nape of the Earth" in the operational parlance.
    During the 90-minute display, the choppers airlifted 120-mm mortar guns and carried out air photo missions.
    The annual event is organisedfor the visiting officers of Defence Services Staff College,Wellington (Coimbatore), technical staff officers course, Pune and officers from neighbouring sister training institutions in Pune and Ahmednagar, besides a visiting Nepalese Army delegation.
    Lieutenant General V K Narula,Commandant of Artillery School and Colonel Commandant, Artillery Regiment, welcomed the guests and special invitees on the occasion.
    The high-point of the show was a 'free-fall' demonstrationby specially trained paratroopers using high-altitude penetrating parachute system (happs) so as to highlight their capability of carrying out operations behind the enemy lines.
    An array of new generation surveillance and target acquisition equipment like the unmanned aerial vehicles and surveillance and weapon locating radars were also displayed on the occasion.
    Later, interacting with newspersons, Rajiv Mishra, Chief Instructor, faculty of Gunners said "Our Army is ready to face any eventuality. We have provided training to 17 to 18 neighbouring countries, including Kazakhstan, UK, US, Sri Lanka and Nepal".
    He said the light helicopter"Rudra" will be soon introduced in the Army as its procurement is going on at the highest level.
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    I thought that it was more about the testing of OFB 155mm arty gun.
     
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    yeah, heli ready, parachutes ready, paratroopers not ready as GoI cant buy bullets for their guns...

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    ‘Topchi’ shows delivery, on time every time!
    Against the backdrop of the picturesque Bahula and Cone Hills in Devlali last week, rapt audiences watched ‘Topchi’ atthe cantonment’s Field Foring Ranges, an annual demonstration that showcasesthe might of artillery weapons and equipment.
    Acquired over six decades ago, these ranges cover an expanse of 100 square kilometers, with a grandstand which offers a panoramic view. This is what they saw.
    Once the audience is acquainted with the landmarksat target end (where the rounds fall), the demo startedwith firing of a 120mm mortar brought on mule-back, unloaded, assembled and made ready to fire in 2 minutes flat! These mortars can also be towed by a jeep, underslung by a helicopter or even carried on manpack basis for short distances. At the event, a Chhetah helicopter achieved a heli-landing of the mortar.
    Next came the field guns, which came into service in theearly 70s when the 105 mm Indian Field Gun(IFG) was indigenously developed. A fewyears later, its lighter version was developed, firingthe same range of ammunition as its earlier version.
    “The harder the fighting and longer the war, the more the infantry and in fact all arms lean on the gunners,” said Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery. Nothing epitomises this better than the range, precision and destructive power of the130 millimeter gun M-46.The ranging power and accuracy of this rugged and robust gunwas then seen as it engaged targets with pin–point accuracy. Next to deploy and fire was the 155 mm Field Gun,SOLTAM ie the upgunned version of the 130 mm.with even greater range and lethality.
    The maximum applause came next when the massive 155 mm Field Howitzer 77B, popularly called `Bofors’, rolled in. This weapon, with a high rate of fire, accuracy andconsistency, also boasts of an auxiliary power unit which enables it to move and deployindependently. Here, twelve tons of weight rotated through 360 degrees, without apparent effort and the gun moved away to its firing platform easily. .Using its automatic loading system, the crane lifts three rounds weighing 170 kg, the climax being the 14 seconds it took to fire the whole burst.
    Last came the rockets, the 122 mm Rocket Launcher GRADBM-21,consisting of 40 tubes,which fire a salvo within 20 seconds, up to a max range of 20.4 km. .More to follow was‘nape of the earth flying’ by skilled pilots of the Army Aviation Corps, a display of own artillery fire by a searcher UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and a breathtaking free-fall-drop by Artillery’s elite paratroopers from 30,000 feet.
    To follow up the firing came an equipment display-of the latest Surveillance and TargetAcquistion(SATA) equipment, including the much-in-demand-Weapon Locating Radars. An array of medium tolong range rockets and missiles that have enhanced reach and destructive capability were also showcased, including the Pinaka Multiple Launch Rocket System, the imported SMERCH Rocket System and the DRDO developed Supersonic Cruise Missile-BRAHMOS.
    For nearly 2 hours through this demo, one sat spell bound, raising the collective confidence that the Indian Army can deliver On Time, Every Time!
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    I wonder what's the use of this artillery demonstration. We have no self-propelled artillery, no truck mounted artillery and no wheeled artillery. The latest artillery gun (bofors) was inducted 25 years ago. Our artillery is not in a position to challenge the enemy.
     
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    To entertain and fool public.
     
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