LUCKNOW: It’s the toast of India’s largest defence present, for example of how the home manufacturing sector is performing, however the manufacturing line for the K9 Vajra artillery weapons could run dry inside six months because the order guide exhausts, forcing a attainable mothballing of the power.
The ‘Vajra’, a 155 mm howitzer ordered by the Indian Military in 2017 after a worldwide competitors that was received by Larsen & Toubro, is a central attraction on the present that has seen participation from greater than 70 nations.
L&T mentioned the order for 100 weapons — valued at Rs four,500 crore — could be accomplished inside six months and its manufacturing facility at Hazira, Gujarat, could be idle after that. A high govt mentioned appeals had been made to the defence ministry for extra orders. Choices to export the system are additionally being explored, he added.
“We now have pleaded for extra orders and we hope one thing will occur. We’re awaiting a repeat order for the weapons. We will likely be with out work quickly and will should shift individuals to different amenities,” L&T board member JD Patil instructed ET.
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The Indian firm is taking a look at choices to maintain the manufacturing line functioning by pursuing work share agreements with public sector models, and also will actively take a look at choices for exporting the artillery gun to pleasant nations.
“Wherever there’s a requirement to function in desert situations and in an NBC (nuclear, organic and chemical) surroundings, we are able to supply the Indian made Vajra that has been extensively examined by the Indian Military,” the senior govt mentioned.
Whereas the K9 can also be manufactured by South Korea’s Hanwha which is L&T’s accomplice within the undertaking, the India-specific gun has been enhanced to satisfy the wants of the military for desert warfare. This might open up prospects for exports to Asian and African international locations.
The Vajra has an fascinating historical past to it — the gun was supplied to the military in competitors with main international gamers that didn’t technically require a serious Make in India part <
In terms of exports, the Indian firm may supply its expertise of growing a home manufacturing line to 3rd nations searching for to copy the mannequin.
Greater than 50 of the weapons have been delivered and have confirmed their efficiency in acceptance trails by the Indian Military. Defence minister Rajnath Singh visited the Hazira facility final month to flag off the 51st gun to be delivered.
The ‘shoot and scoot’ gun will likely be deployed alongside the western border to tackle a Pakistani battlefield edge in cell artillery. In 2009, Pakistan had acquired 115 of the M 109A5 cannons, given by the US as a “reward” for its help on the warfare on the Afghanistan border.