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In a significant development earlier this year, India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), under the leadership of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the procurement of Mounted Gun Systems (MGS) for the Indian Army. This critical acquisition, sanctioned under the ‘Buy (Indian)’ category, includes the procurement of 155mm/52 caliber MGS. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) specified key criteria for the system, including a maximum weight of 30 tonnes, a firing range exceeding 38 kilometers, and compatibility with all in-service 155mm ammunition.

Two prominent Indian defense companies have entered the competition to provide the Mounted Gun Systems. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has put forth its 155mm/52 Caliber Mounted Gun System based on the Dhanush Artillery Gun. Additionally, Kalyani Group has developed a 155mm/52 Caliber Mounted Gun System rooted in the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS). Both offerings are set to undergo rigorous evaluation by the Indian Army, which will ultimately determine the selected system.

The Indian Army is contemplating a substantial order of approximately 300 units of the 155mm/52 Caliber Mounted Gun Systems. This order reflects the armed forces’ commitment to bolstering their artillery capabilities and achieving modernization goals.

The Indian Army’s Field Artillery Rationalisation Plan outlines an ambitious goal of procuring approximately 3,000 towed and self-propelled howitzers, including a substantial number mounted on 6×6 and 8×8 wheeled platforms. This initiative aims to modernize and enhance the army’s artillery capabilities, ensuring readiness to meet evolving defense challenges.

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