In a major fire-power boost for the country, the indigenously developed 'Dhanush' howitzer artillery gun was inducted to the Indian Army on Monday at a ceremony held at the Ordnance factory in Jabalpur.
The Army tweeted on the induction:
The Army Commander Conference is beginning today, in which every military topics will be discussed in great details. This is a happy coincidence that indigenously developed 155mm Dhanush guns are being inducted into the Indian Army today. Our every try is to sharpen military capabilities and make it effective. Jai Hind.
The 155mm x 45mm calibre Dhanush artillery guns are capable of firing projectiles at a relatively higher angle with a steep angle of descent. Sources have informed that the Army is expected to get 414 Dhanush guns and each gun costs Rs 14.50 crore.
The guns have been developed by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and manufactured by Jabalpur-based Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), will be inducted at a ceremony at the School of Artillery in Deolali.
The Dhanush guns have been tested to withstand extreme conditions like rainfall and snow, and have also been built for use in multiple terrains, from plains to sand and especially in hilly areas.
Calling 'Dhanush' the 'Indian Bofors', Amit Yadav, a Defence expert, said, "It is not fair to compare the Dhanush guns to Bofors as the former is far more technologically superior to Bofors due to the modifications made to the barrel to help improve its accuracy."
However, the Dhanush gun system is based on designs of the Bofors howitzer which was inducted in the Army in the 1980s and would be the third type of artillery gun to be inducted into the force after the K-9 Vajra and the M-777 ultra-light howitzers.