Rebirth of BHIM self- propelled howitzer

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  1. JAISWAL

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    Rebirth of BHIM self-propelled howitzer | idrw.org
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    DRDO is all set to dust off and review BHIM self-propelled howitzer Project once again. After 11 years been in storage, due to ban imposed on Denel company which was accused of paying bribes and it’s SPH was dropped from consideration. DRDO had successfully had integrated 155-mm / L52 howitzer T6 turret, developed by Denel of South Africa with Indian made Arjun tank chassis . After corruption controversy which came to lime light in 2005, DRDO again send Request for proposal (RFP) in 2007 .but only Samsung Techwin responded to the proposal with their K-9 gun.
    Project was left with single vendor proposal, hence another RPF was re-issued after considerable break to make sure that RPF attracts more proposal and it has been rumoured that SWS Bofors, Nextel, Samsung Techwin along with Soltham have responded to RPF issued by DRDO for the replacement gun, and DRDO after going through their proposal and technical evaluation is been done and will be integrating one of their gun with Arjun MBT chassis soon.
    In 1999-2000 Indian army had conducted successful trails of the gun with Arjun chassis and Denel also had successfully demonstrated their own T-72 based howitzer in India for Indian army. Indian army had requirement of 400 mounted 155-mm / L52 howitzer, out of which 200 could be based on Arjun chassis and another 200 to be mounted on modified TATRA trucks.
    Decision on selection of the gun will take place this year.

    Cancellation of the project had effected Production
    and procurement of materials for Arjun MBT, since Indian army had only placed orders for 128 tanks at that time and 200 orders for BHIM could have lead to continues production run at Avadi .
    This currently has been halted since CVRDE
    almost completed 128 tanks ordered by Indian Army. Indian army did placed further orders of 128 Arjun MK-2 variant, but the production will only start after summer user trials are completed by Indian army.
     
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    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    If I remember correctly, it was madam Renuka choudhury who stopped this acquisition. Bhim was an excellent product, wish DRDO can make it a success.
     
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    so does RFP include ToT or not?
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Renuka Choudry is an unique specimen, blessed with RT intelligence, and one should not be surprised if indeed she stopped the acquisition. She is, after all, an expert on a variety of subjects and defence must be her forte!
     
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    so whoes gun it will be, i would go with k9 from south korea, long time ago they were willin to supply us with jv from L&T.
     
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    saya , this one you are talking about ?

    K9 Thunder Self-Propelled Howitzer,
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    yeah this one in the pic it is getting re loaded with ammo, loading vehicle is at the back. As you can see at the time of war this can be safely re loaded with ammo. Also this is very accurate.
     
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    So Bhim is still in storage?
    And whatever happened to the RFP?
    Haven't TATA bought the Denel gun? Why is that not being made an option?
     

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