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10:37 AM, January 19, 2019
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi rides a new Howitzer K-9 Vajra

India’s Larsen and Toubro (L&T)has opened the first private facility in the country to manufacture K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns.

L&T won INR 4500-crore contract to supply 100 K9 Vajra-T155mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army in 2017, under Make-in-India initiative. The company has to complete delivery in 42 months, according to the contract awarded by the Ministry of Defense.

The company has set up the Armoured Systems Complex at Hazira, around 30km from Surat, to manufacture and integrate advanced armoured platforms, such as self-propelled artillery Howitzers, future infantry combat vehicles, future-ready combat vehicles and future main battle tanks, PTI news agency reported Saturday.

L&T had signed a transfer of technology contract for guns with South Korean company Hanwha Corporation.

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