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Desi version of Bofors, Dhanush Howitzer with 48 km range deployed in Eastern Ladakh near LAC

Source : Indian Defence Analysis

Desi version of Bofors, Dhanush Howitzer with 48 km range deployed in Eastern Ladakh near LAC
Image Credit : Indian Army Northern Command

Desi version of Bofors, Dhanush Howitzer with 48 km range deployed in Eastern Ladakh near LAC

Dhanush which is desi Bofors gun has been troubled child since its incubation. Back in April 2019, when the induction of this gun started, only 12 of them were built which is far below the 18 guns plus two in reserve required to make a full regiment. OFB had an initial order of 114 guns to be executed.

In May 2022, it was reported that the Dhanush has cleared its trial and is ready for induction. Two Dhanush guns fired 90 rounds each “flawlessly” as part of the second line of firing in Zone 6 at the Pokhran firing range. The second regiment of 18 Dhanush had also undergone successful trials at Pokhran with a strike range of 38 kms. The second regiment of 18 Dhanush howitzers were planned to be inducted by March 2023.

The gun costs ₹14.50 crore a piece. The 155mm/45-calibre Dhanush towed artillery gun is having range of 38 KM. In burst mode, the gun can fire 3 rounds in 30 seconds and in intense mode the gun can fire 12 rounds in 3 minutes

Dhanush deployed in Eastern Ladakh

Talking to ANI, Capt. V Mishra from the Regiment of Artillery has told that Dhanush has been deployed at LAC since 2022. The gun has the ability to target above 4000 meters of sea level with the accuracy to a distance of 48-kilometre. The earlier reported range of Dhanush was 38km. It can fire six types of ammunition. In burst mode it can fire 3 rounds in 30 seconds. It is new technology gun which is integrated with muzzle velocity radar which helps to provide accurate muzzle velocity measurement. This significantly increases the first round hit probability of the artillery gun. It is also integrated with inertial navigation system which helps the howitzer in self-orientation and self-fixation. This enable the gun to move from one location to another and quickly come back to action without need of a survey equipment. The gun features auto-laying, loading & firing facility which reduces the crew fatigue and increases the rate of fire.

The Dhanush gun deployed above 15,000 ft from sea level and at a temperature of -30 degree Celsius performing satisfactorily guarding the Indian frontier with China. Dhanush Howitzer with 48 km range deployed in Eastern Ladakh near LAC Dhanush Howitzer with 48 km range deployed in Eastern Ladakh near LAC Dhanush Howitzer with 48 km range deployed in Eastern Ladakh near LAC Dhanush Howitzer with 48 km range deployed in Eastern Ladakh near LAC Dhanush Howitzer with 48 km range deployed in Eastern Ladakh near LAC IgMp

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