The Indian Army on Monday received its first batch of artillery guns ‘desi Bofors’ in Jabalpur. It will be deployed along India’s borders with Pakistan and China. The Dhanush, which has a calibre of 155 into 45 mm, is the first ever indigenous artillery gun of this caliber. In army parlance, it is classified as ‘medium artillery’. The army’s artillery arm has ‘medium regiments’ that consist of guns of this caliber and of 130 mm caliber. The Bofors, which had played a crucial role in targeting Pakistani military positions during the 1999 Kargil War, and similarly has a 155 mm calibre, is part of such regiments.
“Dhanush gun has emerged as a reliable and robust gun system at par with the latest in the world and will increase the fire power of the Indian artillery manifold. It is truly “Make in India” marvel,” said officials. The 155 mm into 45 Caliber Gun ‘DHANUSH’ is a new generation towed artillery gun with major upgraded features over the existing 155 mm and 39 caliber B02 gun. Indigenization to the extent of approx 81 per cent, has already been achieved. By the end of 2019, the indigenisation level will go up to 91 per cent. On February 18, O F B had received the bulk production clearance of manufacturing of 114 guns. O F B has handed over 6 Dhanush guns for issuance to Indian Army. D G and Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board handed over the first batch of ‘Dhanush’ to Central Ordnance Depot, Jabbalpur. The artillery guns were handed over to the army at a formal function organised in Jabbalpur.