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The Indian Army is poised to take a significant step towards modernizing its artillery capabilities with the imminent release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new 155mm/52 calibre towed gun system, as People familiar with the matter informed This news follows an earlier Request for Information (RFI) issued in December 2022.

The RFI emphasized the Indian Army’s commitment to self-reliance by mandating procurement from local industry. This move aligns with the government’s push for “Make in India” initiatives in the defence sector.

The new towed gun system is designed to cater to the diverse operational requirements of the Indian Army. The RFI specifies that the guns should be deployable in plains, mountains, and deserts, ensuring their effectiveness across India’s varied terrain. Furthermore, the weight restriction of less than 15 tons allows for greater mobility and flexibility in deployment.

The system’s compatibility with existing ammunition ensures seamless integration into the existing artillery infrastructure. Additionally, the requirement to operate on existing road and track networks in the northern and western borders signifies the importance of operational readiness in strategically sensitive regions.

The RFI emphasizes the need for advanced fire control systems. Integration of a Global Positioning System (GPS), inertial navigation-based sight system, and a fire-control system with day and night optical sights will enhance targeting accuracy and operational efficiency in all weather conditions.

The upcoming RFP is expected to generate interest from leading domestic defence manufacturers. This acquisition program holds immense significance for the Indian Army, as it strengthens its artillery capabilities with a modern, reliable, and domestically produced towed gun system.

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