Jabalpur-based Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) has handed over three indigenously-developed 155 mm ‘Dhanush’ artillery guns to the Indian Army.
The 155mm/45-calibre Dhanush howitzers had “successfully met all technical parameters” during the winter and summer trials at Sikkim and Pokhran.
In 2015, the army along with DRDO and OFB worked together to develop Dhanush. The guns were built after going through the design and voluminous documents given to India under the first phase of Transfer of Technology (ToT) as part of the Bofors gun deal in the late 80s.
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The indigenous gun also has an enhanced 11-km range as against the 27-km range of the imported Bofors.
In the current twelfth army five year plan 2012-17, the Indian army plans to upgrade its existing field regiments presently equipped with 105 mm Indian Field Gun, 105 mm Light Field Gun and the Russian 122 mm guns to the 155 mm towed gun system as a universal inventory.