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The Indian Army’s quest for a modern 155mm/52 caliber Towed Gun System (TGS) has taken a significant step forward with the release of Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) details. This opens the door for domestic and potentially international players to offer their solutions, potentially shaping the future of Indian artillery.

The 15-ton weight limit on the TGS has sparked a heated competition among Indian defense manufacturers. Here’s a closer look at potential contenders:

  • Kalyani Bharat-52: This indigenous gun weighs around 13 tons, making it a strong contender within the stipulated weight limit.
  • Kalyani Ultra-Light Howitzer (ULH): This 155mm/52 caliber gun boasts a lighter weight, potentially offering an edge in maneuverability.
  • Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Dhanush: This 155mm/52 caliber gun has proven its mettle in the Indian Army on its 155mm/45 caliber gun Variant, This weight falls under the 15-ton limit, that will not be requiring potential modifications. Based on the Original Bofors Guns, Technology might be dated.

International Interest?:

The Buy (Indian-IDDM) category allows for foreign collaboration with Indian companies. This might opens the door for:

  • Larsen & Toubro’s ATHOS: This Israeli-developed gun, with its high local content, could be a contender if L&T is allowed to bid in the program.

Speculation suggests Tata might offer a lighter variant of their ATAGS, known for its advanced features, by using lighter materials and stripping down some functionalities to fit the weight requirement.

With the AoN released, the competition is officially on. Each contender will need to demonstrate not only adherence to the weight limit but also superior firepower, range, accuracy, and overall system performance.

This procurement process holds immense significance for India’s defense self-reliance and modernization efforts. The chosen TGS will play a crucial role in safeguarding the nation’s borders and strengthening its military might.

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