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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

A joint team from Indian Army and Ministry of Defence (MOD) officials recently visited Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), Jabalpur, in MP to review the integration & production of Dhanush at Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur with all the stakeholders to resolve quality & delivery issues after the factory was hit by the Second wave of CCP virus and reopened only in June due to which supply of 6-8 new guns was halted.

The first batch of 6 guns supplied in 2019 faced some Quality issues due to which second batch production was affected as the Indian Army wanted it to be rectified and retested, at least 4 guns from the second batch before Army took delivery of the second batch. The movement of guns due to lockdown to the range was also affected that hampered delivery to the Indian Army.

Indian Army has placed orders for 118 Dhanush 155x45mm artillery guns that were supposed to be delivered in 4 years at the rate of 36 guns per annum from the second year but GCF will not be able to meet its targets and 118 guns delivery might likely run into its 6th year since the rate of production of 50 guns per year is simply not possible from 2022.

Indian Army on the other hand wants to procure 400 ATHOS (Autonomous Towed Howitzer Ordnance System) 2052 from Elbit of Israel in a ready-to-use condition and the remaining 1,180 will be assembled here in India by the foreign supplier in a partnership with Indian partner Bharat Forge.

ATAGS 155x52mm artillery gun jointly developed by the DRDO in partnership with Bharat Forge of the Kalyani Group and the Tata Power SED has completed its Winter and High altitude trials and now is going through summer trials and was supposed to be cleared for bulk production with an order for 150 units but weight issue might crop says industrial sources close to idrw.org.

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