New Indian-made 155mm artillery howitzer Dhanush ready for use by Indian army end of this year 18031

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 04:57 PM
 
New Indian-made 155mm artillery howitzer Dhanush ready for use by Indian army end of this year.
After the summer trials, the new Indian-made 155mm artillery howitzer Dhanush would be ready for use by the Indian Army by the end of this year. Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) of India presents the latest prototype of its 155mm 45 calibre Dhanush towed howitzer at Defexpo 2014, the International Defense Exhibition that was held from the 6 to 9 February, this year, in New Delhi, India.
     
After the summer trials, , the new Indian-made 155mm artillery howitzer Dhanush would be ready for use by the Indian Army by the end of this year. Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) of India presents the latest prototype of its 155mm 45 calibre Dhanush towed howitzer at Defexpo 2014, the International Defense Exhibition that was held from the 6 to 9 Februray, this year, in New Delhi, India.
Prototype 6 of Indian-made Dhanush 155mm 45 calibre towed howitzer at Defexpo 2014, Defense Exhibition in New Delhi, India.
     

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) Chairman MC Bansal today said the winter trials of the Dhanush howitzers is successfully completed in Sikkim and after the summer trials to be held in the deserts of Rajasthan in the next few months, it would be ready for use.

The Dhanush is a 155 mm/45 calibre, the use of a longer barrel increases the maximum firing range. Currently, the Indian army standard towed howitzer is the Bofors 155mm 39 calibre which has a maximum effective range of 27 km, while the Dhanush can fire up to 38 km.

According to Indian Army officials, The Dhanush could fire eight rounds per minute, while the Bofors has a rate of fire of three rounds per 14 seconds. It’s also equipped with computerized fire control.

After the extensive trials, 'Dhanush' would be produced in bulk in the Gun Carriage Factory in Jabalpur and the Army has placed an initial order of 114 such guns.

 

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