BHOPAL, Jan 22:
India’s first indigenous, long-range artillery gun ‘Dhanush’, aka ‘Desi Bofors’, will be showcased for the first time at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
Manufactured by Jabalpur-based Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), the 155-mm gun cost about Rs 14.50 crore a piece.
“‘Dhanush’ will be displayed to showcase defence power at the Republic Day function in New Delhi,” GCF’s Joint General Manager and PRO Sanjay Shrivastava said.
‘Dhanush’ is comparable to the latest weapon systems used by different countries, another official said.
Besides features like electronic gun-laying and sighting systems, the indigenous gun has a strike range of 38 km, which is 11 km more than the imported Bofors guns.
“The ‘Dhanush’ project has received support and active cooperation from other ordinance factories and PSUs such as SAIL, BEL, and many private sector companies. Their support has made the project a huge success,” the official said.
The gun, a towed howitzer, has been developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata, after going through the design and documents running into over 12,000 pages which were given to India under the first phase of ‘Transfer of Technology’ (ToT) as part of the Bofors gun deal in the late 1980s. (PTI)