Indian Army has speeded up its artillery acquisition
After a series of painful delays and re-tendering, the Indian artillery procurement appears to be moving forward, albeit at a slow pace. Nevertheless, the artillery modernisation plan which was born out of the Field Artillery Rationalisation Plan (FARP), still presents manufacturers with opportunities to supply huge numbers of systems unlike anywhere in the world.
The Indian Army has not procured any new artillery gun since the Eighties following the Bofors scam. The jinx was broken when the first M-777 howitzers landed up in India in May this year. A contract to buy K-9 Vajra Self Propelled Guns (SPG) had also been inked recently but a large portion of the requirement is still open across towed and truck mounted categories. To meet such huge void the Indian Army is looking at procurements through open tendering and indigenous development.
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