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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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Bharat Forge, a leading Indian manufacturer of artillery guns, is setting its sights on a major leap in the range: developing a 155mm artillery shell capable of hitting targets at a staggering 100km. This would be a significant advancement for India’s military capabilities, dramatically extending the reach and precision of its artillery units.

Currently, India’s standard artillery shells are limited to a range of around 48km. This puts them at a disadvantage compared to some of their adversaries, who have access to shells with ranges exceeding 70km. Bharat Forge’s ambitious project aims to bridge this gap and propel India’s artillery technology to the forefront.

While Bharat Forge has remained tight-lipped about the specific technology behind the extended-range shell, experts believe ramjet propulsion could be the key. Ramjet technology uses the supersonic airflow created by the shell’s initial launch to ignite internal fuel and extend its flight time and range.

Western countries have been actively developing ramjet-powered artillery shells, with some prototypes achieving ranges beyond 150km. However, integrating this complex technology into a 155mm shell poses a significant challenge.

Despite the potential of ramjet technology, sources suggest that Bharat Forge may be exploring conventional long-range artillery shell designs as well. These designs often involve optimizing the shape, weight, and propellant composition of the shell to maximize its range within the limitations of traditional artillery guns.

Bharat Forge’s ambitious project faces technological hurdles and requires rigorous testing and development. However, the potential rewards are immense, and the company’s proven track record in artillery manufacturing gives reason for optimism. If successful, this project could revolutionize India’s artillery capabilities and redefine the country’s long-range strike power.

The successful development of a 100km-range artillery shell would have a profound impact on India’s defence capabilities. It would enable:

  • Deeper strikes: Indian artillery units could engage targets significantly further behind enemy lines, disrupting logistics and command centres.
  • Enhanced deterrence: The increased range and precision would serve as a strong deterrent against potential aggressors.
  • Technological advancement: Successfully mastering long-range artillery technology would position India as a leader in this critical field.

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