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NEW DELHI: The Army is now testing whether or not its new Ok-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers will be successfully deployed in Ladakh, whilst General M M Naravane inducted the final of the 100 such artillery weapons ordered for Rs four,366 crore from a three way partnership of L&T and South Korean Hanwha Defence on Thursday.
Three of the 155mm/52-calibre Ok-9 tracked weapons, which have a strike vary of 38-km, have been taken to a base up the hills in Ladakh to find out their suitability and efficacy for deployment within the high-altitude area.
Based on the efficiency of the howitzers, the Army might contemplate putting further orders for them. “The guns were inducted for deserts and plains. Some additional kits would be required for high-altitude conditions where temperatures can dip well below minus 20 degree Celsius,” mentioned a supply.
The 100th gun, which is the Indian model of the South Korean Ok-9 ‘Thunder’ howitzer, was flagged off by the Army chief from the Armoured System Complex (ASC) of L&T at Hazira, close to Surat, in Gujarat.
“The production of complex platforms like the K-9 Vajra contributes to the Indian economy with a large multiplier effect, creates new job opportunities and plays a significant role in enhancing India’s Industrial ecosystem,” mentioned J D Patil, director & senior government vp (defence & sensible applied sciences) of L&T.
The order for the Ok-9 Vajra weapons was positioned in 2017, which together with the $737 million cope with the US authorities for 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers had lastly damaged the over 30-year-old Bofors jinx of the Indian Army.


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