ARMY GETS FIRST BATCH OF DHANUSH, HOME-MADE BOFORS ARTILLERY GUNS, FROM OFB
09, Apr 2019
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Why in news
- The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) handed over the first batch of six Dhanush artillery guns to the Army.
Dhanush artillery guns: / Features:
- Dhanush is an upgraded version, based on the original design of the Swedish 155-mm Bofors howitzers, which India procured in the mid-1980s. It is a 155-mm, 45- calibre gun with a maximum range of 40 km in salvo mode, compared to the 39-calibre, 27-km range of the original guns.
- Bofors, which had played a crucial role in targeting pakisthan.
- The gun is fitted with inertial navigation system with global positioning system- (GPS) based gun recording and auto-laying, an enhanced tactical computer for onboard ballistic computations, an onboard muzzle velocity recording, an automated gun sighting system equipped with camera, thermal imaging and laser range finder.
- This is the first long-range artillery gun to be produced in India.