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Land, naval, & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition
6 - 9 February 2014
New Delhi, India
Tata motors howitzer at Defexpo 2014
|Monday, February 10, 2014 10:44 AM|
|TATA Motors SED new 155mm 52 caliber 8x8 self-propelled howitzer at Defexpo 2014.|
At Defexpo 2014, the International Defense Exhibition in New Delhi, the Company TATA Motors unveils its latest project of artillery system with a new wheeled howitzer. A 155 mm 52 caliber howitzer is mounted on an eight-wheeled Tata military truck to enhanced mobility.
TATA Motors SED 8x8 self-propelled howitzer 155mm 52 caliber at Defexpo 2014.
In a step towards developing the indigenous private sector defence industry, the Tata group has come up with a new artillery gun and has requested the Army to provide its ranges and ammunition for trying out the howitzer. This new artillery system was developed by its defence subsidiary Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division (SED) this last year.
The prototype of the howitzer has been produced by the company so far and "around 50-55% of its content is indigenous. It was jointly developed by TATA Power SED and South Africa’s DENEL Land Systems.
DENEL Land Systems has supplied the monoblock gun barrel fitted with a double-baffle muzzle brake, gun cradle with an integrated buffer system, swing-and-slide breech mechanism, electrically-activated firing mechanism, autoloader/rammer, ballistics charts, muzzle velocity radar, an automatic laying and land navigation system using a RLG-INS, a panoramic optical-mechanical sight mounted directly to the trunnion, incorporating a compensation system for trunnion, which forms a backup for indirect fire, and a telescopic sight for direct fire that is mounted to the compensation system.
TATA Power SED, on the other hand, developed the digital ballistics computer, telecommunications system, the hydraulic system that supplies hydraulic power for deployment of the outriggers and the top-carriage hydraulics, all on-board electrical systems, the gun management computer, and the ‘Rajak’ driver’s vision enhancement system. The customized 8 x 8 truck comes from TATA Motors.
The company now wants the Indian Defense Ministry to allow it take part in its tenders in future for acquiring such systems.
The Indian Army acquired its last howitzers over 25 years ago, 410 FH-77B howitzers from AB Bofors of Sweden in 1987. Since then, the army's howitzer arsenal has been critically depleted. The Indian Army wants to buy over 2200 such howitzers in five different categories.
Tata Power SED, the defense arm of the $ 100 billion Tata group, began work on its 'Mounted Gun Project' over two years ago. The prototype gun was rolled out of the Tata Power SED facility in Bangalore's electronic city this October 2013.
The 155mm 52 calibre 8x8 self-propelled howitzer developed by the Tata group is likely to have a strike range of 52 km, which would probably be the longest in the Indian inventory.