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India’s state-run Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) has responded to the Indian Army’s Request for Information (RFI) for the procurement of 400 155 mm/52 calibre towed gun systems (TGS) along with towing vehicles. This move aligns with the government’s ‘Buy Indian-IDDM’ initiative, prioritizing the purchase of domestically manufactured defence equipment.

AWEIL has offered its indigenously developed Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre towed gun system as a solution to meet the Army’s requirement. This offering comes after AWEIL recently received the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the Dhanush system.

The Army’s RFI stipulated that the weight of the guns should be less than 15 tons. The guns must also be equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) and Inertial Navigation-based sight system for accurate positioning and targeting. Additionally, the fire-control system (FCS) needs to provide an optical sight for indirect firing both during the day and night.

Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre towed Prototype:

  • 52 Caliber Barrel:¬†This longer barrel provides increased range and accuracy compared to earlier versions.
  • Modified Muzzle Brake: Reduces recoil and improves stability during firing.
  • Modified Loading Trough: Facilitates faster and smoother loading of ammunition.

Electronics Upgrade Features:

  • AGAPS (Automatic Gun Aiming Position System): Ensures automatic aiming and positioning of the gun for rapid deployment.
  • INS with GNSS (Inertial Navigation System with Global Navigation Satellite System): Provides accurate location and navigation data.
  • Muzzle Velocity Radar: Measures the velocity of the projectile for precise fire control.
  • Ballistic Computer System: Analyzes various factors to calculate the optimal firing trajectory.
  • Servo Valve for Auto Laying: Automates the gun-laying process for faster target acquisition.
  • Unified Sighting System: Provides both day and night vision capabilities for targeting.

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