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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army has reportedly asked Ordnance Factory Board to develop an Anti-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar close-in weapons system which can detect and destroy incoming, rockets, artillery, and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their ground targets to be positioned near the line of control areas where Pakistani army regularly indulges in unprovoked ground fire in support of infiltration attempts for Terrorists trying to cross over to Indian side of LOC.

According to Industrial sources close to idrw.org, OFB is using AK-630, a Soviet-era fully automatic naval close-in weapon system based on a six-barreled 30 mm rotary cannon to develop a Truck based land version of the weapon system for operations near LOC equipped with MR-123 fire control radar, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera and other sensors to engage aerial targets in range of 4-5km or at least provide early warning to soldiers positioned near the targeted area.

AK-630 which is manufactured locally in India by OFB for Indian Naval warships to counter against anti-ship missiles and other precision-guided weapons is a right blend of reliability and affordability to counter small arms fire at the LOC positions thus reducing the number of casualties caused by attacks using rockets, artillery, and mortars.

According to Industrial sources close to idrw.org, AK-630 has achieved a 95.6 % level of indigenization by OFB and Out of 27 codes (main systems) pertaining to OFB, 24 codes have been indigenized. Indigenized Main Gun AO-18 was also proof fired in March 2017. The truck-based land version of the weapon system has been in work for some time now by OFB and will be ready for developmental trials which mostly will take place near LOC, AK-630 is a proven and battle-tested close-in weapon system which can fire nearly 5,000 rounds per minute, the only challenge will be which all gun-based close-in weapons system suffer is that they need for multiple volleys to effectively eradicate a threat and depend on better sensors for effective counter fire.

 

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