Monday, August 13, 2012

Modernisation of Artillery
The modernization of Artillery is being undertaken on a continuous basis. The following equipment has been inducted / upgraded into the Artillery:-
(i)   Pinaka Rocket System;
(ii) Smerch Rocket System.
(iii)       BrahMos Missile System.
(iv)        Upgradation of 130mm gun to 155mm /145 calibre.
Procurement action is ongoing for the following gun systems:
(i)   155mm / 39 calibreUltra Light Howitzer.
(ii) 155/45Calibre Gun from Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).
(iii)       155mm / 52 calibre Towed Gun.
(iv)        155mm / 52 calibre Tracked (Self Propelled) Gun.
(v)  155mm / 52 calibre Mounted Gun System.
Acquisition of weapons and equipment for Armed forces is a complex activity and is carried out in accordance with the provisions of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). The procurement cycle takes about 2-3 years for finalization of contracts, but can vary depending on the complexity of the issues involved.
This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Dr.Ratna De (Nag) in Lok Sabhatoday.

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