TATA’s 155 mm Howitzer / Mounted Gun System

December 3, 2012 3:54 am 19 comments

The Tata group unveils India’s first indigenously developed 155 mm howitzer in New Delhi on Monday.

The 155/52 mm howitzer is mounted on an eight-wheeled Tata truck for enhanced mobility. The gun was developed by its defence subsidiary Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division (SED) this year. The ‘mounted gun system’ can fire a six-round salvo on a target 40 km away in less than three minutes.

The truck-mounted howitzer will be displayed at an army seminar at the Maneckshaw centre tomorrow. The rollout comes even as the Indian Army and the Ministry of Defence have struggled to import howitzers over the past 25 years.

The Howitzer has been reportedly developed in collaboration with DENEL, the South African defence equipment manufacturer. The 155mm Howitzer/Mounted Gun System was first displayed in posters at DefExpo 2012 conducted at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi in March this year.

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19 Comments

  • 6 salvos in less than 3 mins.. Isnt the rate fire bit bad?

    • It matches the normal rate of fire of the M777 (2 rounds/minute normal, maximum 5 rounds per minute), a modern (entered service 2005) light towed howitzer used many of the techonology advanced nations. This also claims to out range the M777 assuming the 40km claim is with conventional shells.

      So if you compare it to the US M777 it is not bad.

      Comparing it to the US M109 155mm howitzer it is a lower rate of fire (sustained 3rounds/min max 6 rounds/min). Effecive range is reported as 30km so in the claimed range of the TATA is further.

    • in terms of Howitzer this rate is at par with other. as every cannon need to get cool down after every file otherwise its barrel will blast away. Over all statistic looks good. lets c what is opinion of army now.

  • It matches the normal rate of fire of the M777 (2 rounds/minute normal, maximum 5 rounds per minute), a modern (entered service 2005) light towed howitzer used many of the techonology advanced nations. This also claims to out range the M777 assuming the 40km claim is with conventional shells.

    So if you compare it to the US M777 it is not bad.

    Comparing it to the US M109 155mm howitzer it is a lower rate of fire (sustained 3rounds/min max 6 rounds/min). Effecive range is reported as 30km so in the claimed range of the TATA is further.

  • This is not made in India but imported from south Aferica. It’s a product of Denel mounted on a truck made by TATA…lol

    http://www.denellandsystems.co.za/#

  • Two three round bursts in 3 mins from the time it enters the gun position. This also includes time to be ready. Shouldn’t be bad!!
    The barrel may have come from SA but as per Tata the platform, hydraulics, FCS and System integration is entirely Indian. IPR for these items belongs to them. Well, lets look at it this way – At least somebody has taken a bold step forward. Do not expect any Indian company to come up with an Indian mande barrel with no scope for orders. Not for some time.

  • We should rather be thankful to Tata for doing what DRDO couldn’t do in these many years. India is yet to achieve technological expertise to design and manufacture the gun system all by itself, therefore, assistance from other foreign companies was a must and thats what Tata did. Our DRDO also have been importing complete systems and putting their stamps.
    Hopefully our civilian artillery experts in the Ministry of Defence will show some maturity this time and accept this as a giant leap towards indigenisation of India defence equipment process.
    An indigenous weapon is more than welcome so what it is still not better than the world’s bests. It will certainly rejuvinate Indian artillery arm which is at the verge of decay with antique gun pieces of minium 25-30 years vintage, many are even much older.
    Hopefully this will be a concrete step in modernisation in the defence sector while we plan for the manned mission to moon and Mars.

  • bravo TATA.
    well done. indeed it is a bold step.
    every indian should take it positively.

  • What a nationalism, other business men should learn about it
    motive of business is not only to make money , it also may something in favor of country
    had’s off to TATA.

  • Ravinder Sachdeva

    TATA and Mohindra are the two Indian Companies who can do a lot in this feild if appreciated by our honourable political leaders in the interest of 120 crores of people. These companies must take over such companies in the international market those who are having techniques but no business and should fulfill requirements of Indian weaponery.

  • i just read on sunday guardian http://www.sunday-guardian.com/news/tatas-display-indian-bofors . they are saying that defence minstry response is tepid….hese bloody corrupt indian politicians wont show warmth to this…they just want fdi in every thing….they are just concerned about lobbying money who wants security…i think now india also needs a civil war against these politician so that they can not think of corruption again…jai hind

  • Bijoy Kumar Basak

    Good to see the beginning. We must proceed with the indigenization of defence procurement.

  • India already has Bofors Archer – FH77BW L52 Self propelled artillery system capable of Excalibur & BONUS rounds, with MRSI capability… cant get any more cutting edge than that!

  • hello.. friends …
    i am glad that Tata.. have shown a great effort…for the defence of our nation ..
    but the shocking point is that .. i saw the photographs of this weapon on pakistan’s Army’s web site …\
    they are spying our weapon projects … ..

  • Too happy to see this…It is very good move to have private partnership in defense systems. This will put forth jet set speed for Indian defense system development. India has immense talent, techniques and enough infrastructure and state of art manufacturing facilities. We are supplying goods worldwide, Indian army must build faith on Indian Industry. We have already seen speed of DRDO. Equipment gets outdated by the time DRDO launches it. By having private partnerships we can get rid of snail pace developments of government and reduce imports and scams.

  • kirthi khan

    welldone , start the war soon, recapture our territory

  • I am always think to army’s.Indian army have not suficiance howister gun.many countries use latest weapon use for country.latest example China & pak have latest weapon uses in uddha.

  • well done tata keep up india needs more fire power best luck tg our alfa brevo charli delta

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