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Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Defense, a leading Indian defense contractor, has successfully delivered 100 K-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers to the Indian Army. These howitzers are a testament to India’s growing self-reliance in defense equipment, with over 18,000 components sourced domestically.

The K-9 Vajra is a customized variant of the K-9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer originally developed by the South Korean defense company Hanwha Defense. L&T Defense undertook significant research and development to tailor the K-9 Thunder to meet the specific requirements of the Indian Army. This customization involved using over 18,000 Indian-made components, marking a significant step towards India’s defense indigenization goals.

The Indian Army has been highly satisfied with the performance of the K-9 Vajra. Recognizing its effectiveness, the Army has expressed interest in procuring an additional 100 K-9 Vajra howitzers. This new batch will be equipped with special winter climatization kits, enhancing their performance in the harsh high-altitude regions of Ladakh along the Sino-Indian Border.

The Ladakh region, wedged between India and China, has been a site of heightened border tensions in recent times. The deployment of winter-ready K-9 Vajra howitzers will significantly bolster India’s artillery capabilities in this strategically crucial area. The improved cold-weather performance of these howitzers will ensure the Indian Army’s preparedness to counter any threats that may arise.

L&T Defense has played a key role in equipping the Indian Army with modern and reliable artillery platforms. The successful delivery and potential future order of the K-9 Vajra howitzers showcase the company’s commitment to indigenous defense production and strengthening India’s military capabilities.

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