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BEML Offers 155mm, Artillery Gun To Army

BEML has reportedly offered a 155mm,
52-caliber state-of-the-art artillery gun. 

The Bangalore-based defence
public sector undertaking is ready with the wheeled gun and field
trials have already started at its testing tracks in the Kolar Gold
Fields (KGF), Karnataka.

This development comes in the backdrop of the fact that the artillery
has not purchased a long-range gun in about 20 years following the
Bofors gun controversy. The Government recently gave the nod to
inviting global tenders for the 155mm guns and the proposed contract
for over 1000 guns, besides other range of artillery guns including
Howitzers, worth over Rs. 20,000 crore.

BEML chairman and managing director VRS Natarajan said they were the
nodal processing agency for this gun, which would enhance the lethality
of the defence forces. The gun is part of a technology transfer between
a Slovakian company, DMD, and BEML to produce this high-precision gun
for the Indian armed forces.

Natarajan said, “We have already been made a nodal processing agency
for the 155mm, 52-caliber gun which is a state-of-the-art weapon to be
inducted by India. We will produce and supply this to the defence
forces. It’s a technology transfer; India wants to go for a very
upgraded tank which is faster, lighter and able to have a greater fire
power with lethality.”

He also said, “For the wheeled gun project, we have tied up with a
Slovakian company, DMD, for a defence offset and the vehicle has
already been made available for trial. The time frame is about three
years from the date of order by the defence forces. We expect it to
commence in the current year or at most the next year.”

According to the BEML chief, the company was also looking at the
tracked version of the same gun, which will give better fire power. “We
have already set up a state-of-the-art, world-class test track. We have
a firing range too,” Natarajan said, adding that the PSU was also in
the process of setting up infrastructure for the overhauling of T72 and
T90 tanks.