October 16, 2021
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India’s difficult terrain and role of WLRs

The manner in which the Indian Army went about trying to acquire weapons locating radar for artillery counter-bombardment purposes was astonishingly naïve. It left the nation at a very severe disadvantage when war broke out in the Himalayas in 1999 in the Kargil sector.

Coming so soon after the rather perfidious manner in which the US dealt with the Indian requirement for 155mm howitzer guns-it offered direct off-the-shelf sales but no transfer of technology and when India obtained the weapon from Sweden instead, a sustained international campaign about kickbacks being paid to foreign and Indian agents for the Bofors deal was unleashed.

In the early 80s an Army delegation visited the US to open negotiations for the howitzer which was required for over-the-mountain bombardment of enemy artillery positions.

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