The 155/52 mm howitzer is mounted on an eight-wheeled Tata truck for enhanced mobility. The gun was developed by its defence subsidiary Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division (SED) this year. The ‘mounted gun system’ can fire a six-round salvo on a target 40 km away in less than three minutes.
The truck-mounted howitzer will be displayed at an army seminar at the Maneckshaw centre tomorrow. The rollout comes even as the Indian Army and the Ministry of Defence have struggled to import howitzers over the past 25 years.
The Howitzer has been reportedly developed in collaboration with DENEL, the South African defence equipment manufacturer. The 155mm Howitzer/Mounted Gun System was first displayed in posters at DefExpo 2012 conducted at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi in March this year.
- The Indian Navy is practicing to operate in the South China Sea to protect the country’s economic assets. (ktrmurali.wordpress.com)