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Committee Headed By DRDO Chief Gives Clear Go Ahead With The Procurement Of 145 Ultra-Light Howitzers
The Committee appointed by Defence Minister A K Antony under DRDO Chief V K Saraswat to recommend whether the Army should proceed with procurement of 145 Ultra-Light Howitzers from the US has submitted its report with the Government. The Committee has given a go ahead to the Government to allow the Army to proceed with the procurement and carry out the remaining trials of the BAE Systems manufactured in the US.
OFB Prepares Upgraded Bofors Gun With Indigenous Ammunition, Plans Trials By Early 2013
India’s state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has indicated that it is making preparations to make the Bofors gun available to the Indian Army at the earliest. At the recently concluded OFB meet, Director General and Chairman OFB, Sashi Dhar Dimri had indicated that OFB is in a position to offer not only the Bofors gun but even the upgraded version. OFB is confident that by the beginning of 2013, its Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur will be in a position to field the Bofors gun for trials.
Artillery Acquisition Stung By Snakes; Says Army Chief
Army Chief Gen V K Singh has said that artillery acquisition is stung by "snakes in a game where there were no ladders" delaying the process and said the Government is working to ensure that the country get these guns through a mix of procurements and local production. The Indian Army has not been able to induct even a single gun for its artillery after the Bofors gun deal scam in the late 1980s. "The procurement game is a version of snakes and ladder where there is no ladder but only snakes, and if the snakes bite you somewhere, the whole thing comes back to zero," Gen Singh said.
Auditors Slam Indian Army's Poor Artillery Guns Buying Record
The miserable record of the Indian Army in procuring artillery guns over the last 25 years, when not a single weapon was purchased to replace aging World War-II vintage and 1970s vintage guns for its artillery regiments has come in for a severe criticism at the hands of India's government auditors. In its report submitted to the Indian Parliament's two houses on Tuesday, auditors have indicated that the ghost of the Bofors guns payoff scandal that rocked the then government in late 1980s is yet to be exorcised.
Adequate Quantity of Artillery Guns Available: Antony
Contrary to popular perception that Indian Army is facing shortage of artillery guns owing to over two decade delays in purchase of new guns, Defence Minister A.K. Antony Monday told Lok Sabha (House of People) that the arms and equipment including guns systems are available in adequate quantity. Replying to questions from members, Antony said modernisation of artillery is being given priority to ensure that the artillery remains equipped with modern weapon systems.
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