Highlights:

  • Indian Army has deployed K-9 Vajra howitzers in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control with China
  • It is an indigenous version of the K9 Thunder and can strike enemy targets approximately around 50 Km
  • Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister has summoned for active participation of the private sector

On Saturday, the Indian Army deployed K-9 Vajra howitzers in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control with China. The K-9 Vajra is developed by the L&T with technology transfer from South Korean defence major Hanwha Defence. It is an indigenous version of the K9 Thunder and can strike enemy targets approximately around 50 Km.

Furthermore, the Indian Army has also deployed its T-90 tanks in Ladakh. Commenting on their deployment and performance, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane voiced that these guns can also work in high-altitude areas. The COAS added, “Their field trials were extremely successful. We have now added an entire regiment, this will be really helpful.”

The defence ministry has received around 51 of the 100 K-9 Vajra orders, ahead of its schedule. While India has accelerated participation of the private sectors in defence production, a lot still needs to be done to establish the country as a global weapons manufacturing hub.

Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister has summoned for active participation of the private sector in defence manufacturing, reaffirming the government’s commitment to make India a weapons manufacturing hub and net defence exporter.

After disclosing the K9 Vajra-T gun from the Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Armoured System Complex at Hazira in Gujarat in October 2020, Singh added that over 75 per cent of howitzer has been manufactured in India.

The defence minister emphasized, “Over 5,000 people have got direct employment and more than 12,500 indirect employment through its complex. It is a matter of great pride.” He further discussed the Strategic Partnership (SP) model which has been introduced in the Defence Production Policy under which the private sector will be enabled to manufacture fighter aircraft, helicopters, submarines and armoured vehicles.

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