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01:10 PM, May 24, 2016
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Indian 'Dhanush' Artillery Gun Better Than Bofors Howitzer: Defence Minister
Dhanush 155mm towed howitzer on display during DefExpo 2016 (Image: Vishwanath Patil)

India will start manufacturing the 155mm towed howitzer, Dhanush by year end and will be better than Bofors gun, Indian Defense Minister said.

“For 36 years there was no gun prepared for India. I am pleased to tell you that the Dhanush trial has been successfully done in the desert. There will be one more final desert trial and even a cold weather trial. By the year-end we will start manufacturing the gun, which will be better than Bofors,” Manohar Parrikar said in an interview with Indian Express Tuesday.

“The original technology was transferred from Bofors but we have indigenously developed it and the Ordnance Factory Board, Kanpur and Jabalpur, will manufacture it. By August or September we will finalise an order for Vajra (self-propelled Howitzer gun) to the private sector. First time in 36 years, decisions on guns, tanks and aircrafts are being taken in the ministry,” he added.

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