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The Indian Army has decided to extend the operational life of the 105 mm Indian Field Gun (IFG) for an additional two decades, ensuring its continued presence in the army’s arsenal. This decision comes as the army modernizes its artillery capabilities, with plans to standardize on 155mm artillery systems.

The 105 mm Indian Field Gun (IFG), originally developed by the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in the early 1970s, has proven its reliability and adaptability over the years. While the Indian Army has been in the process of inducting advanced artillery systems like the M777, and Dhanush and upgrading Soviet-era M-46 Field Guns from 130mm to 155mm, the IFG’s unique capabilities make it indispensable in certain operational scenarios.

The IFG’s suitability for deployment in mountainous and challenging terrains, thanks to its excellent portability, makes it a valuable asset for the Indian Army. The army currently operates two variants of the 105mm gun, namely the Light Field Gun (LFG) and the 105 mm Indian Field Gun (IFG).

Combined, these two variants account for nearly 2400 units in the Indian Army’s inventory. Extensive studies and evaluations have led to the conclusion that these guns will remain operational until at least 2040, reflecting their enduring value in specific operational contexts.

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