October 17, 2021
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Grim hope
Artillery modernization

After about 28 years of misbegotten abstention in acquisition of new artillery guns for the Indian Army there is a glimmer of hope that an indigenous Bofors gun could emerge from a dusty drawer in the Gun Carriage Factory in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

Before being swept out of power the Congress-led UPA government rectified a grave error of judgment by initiating inhouse conversion of the drawings supplied by the original equipment manufacturer Bofors AB of Sweden as per the contract signed in the early 80s.

The indigenous prototype named Dhanush was displayed at the Defexpo 2014 with Ordnance Factories Board officials exuding confidence that the barrel-burst incident of one of the two prototypes has been put behind them with rectification of the metallurgy and heat treatment process.

With the resurrection of the Bofors howitzer and initial orders for 144 guns placed with the OFB and the possibility of 400 more being ordered in the near future a replenishment process has begun.  However, by itse
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