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India to induct Dhanush---the desi Bofors gun

Jabalpur: In what would be a shot in the arm for a force that has not had a new 155mm artillery gun inducted since the Bofors scandal of 1987, the Indian Army is set to soon be handed over the indigenously-developed howitzer 'Dhanush', also known as 'desi bofors'.
"Dhanush, the indigenously-developed 155mm gun with 45 calibre having advanced features, is likely to be handed over to the army in November this year," Senior General Manager of Jabalpur's Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), NK Sinha, said.

The gun, a towed howitzer with a strike range of 38-km, has been developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata, after going through the design and voluminous documents running into more than 12,000 pages which were delivered to India under the first phase of Transfer of Technology (ToT) as part of the Bofors gun deal in late 80s, an official said.

Costing about Rs 14 crore apiece, Dhanush is comparable to most current generation weapons systems which are in use by different countries, the official added.
Along with electronic gun-laying and sighting systems and other features, the indigenously-developed gun has an enhanced 11-km range as against the gun range of 27-km of the imported Bofors.

Indian army had stationed a special team of officers at GCF to help monitor the progress, coordinate proof resources and provide guidance regarding the qualitative requirements vis-a-vis the gun system from the user's perspective, the official said.
"A team from the 506 Army Base Workshop, close to CGF, was constantly providing technical inputs which it acquired for the project for over more than two decades," he added.

The Swedish Bofors company (now owned by Britain's BAE System) could not complete the ToT for the 155mm howitzer with 39 caliber to India as the deal got embroiled in a major political row over alleged kickbacks in 80s.
Subsequently, OFB struggled for a long time to produce the howitzer indigenously despite the fact that it has manufactured and supplied several components or spare parts to keep the Bofors howitzers operational in India, especially during Kargil war.

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Jabalpur: is likely to be handed over to the army in November this year
Let November happen and the gun actually get handed over.

During the crisis of 80s, apparently the range of Bofors was lower than its French competitor, but it was selected for its 'Shoot and Scoot' capabilities . From what i remember Sundarjee was rooting for this shoot and scoot capabilities.These did work well in the Kargil war in 1999
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Re: India to induct Dhanush---the desi Bofors gun

I always knew Dhanush had something in him... what an actor The army will definitely benefit.
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Re: India to induct Dhanush---the desi Bofors gun

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Fake Chinese parts in India-made Bofors gun
CBI books Delhi firm, Gun Factory officials

Sidh Sales Syndicate delivered Chinese wire race roller bearings for the manufacture of Dhanush guns, the Indian version of Bofors Howitzer guns, saying they were made in Germany.

CBI booked a Delhi-based firm and unidentified officials of the Gun Carriage Factory in Madhya Pradesh on Friday for selling fake Chinese spare parts to Jabalpur’s ordnance factory, which falls under the Ministry of defence’s department of defence production.

CBI registered an FIR under criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery against unknown officials of GCF, accusing them of entering into a conspiracy with Delhi-based Sidh Sales Syndicate.

The firm, based out of Fawri Commercial complex in Delhi’s GB Road, was selected by the GCF for the supply of four wire race roller bearings required for the manufacture of the Dhanush guns, the Indian version of Bofors Howitzer guns that performed exceedingly well during the Kargil conflict in 1999.

The bearings would have cost Indian government approximately 35 lakh rupees, but GCF officials raised the total demand of the bearings from four to six and amended the value of the supply order to more than Rs 53 lakh.

Sidh Sales supplied two bearings each on three different dates in April, May and August 2014 after submitting documents to GCF that the bearings were made by CRB Antriebstechnik, a Germany based company which manufactures mechanical parts, including bearings.

According to CBI, the bearings provided to GCF had Made in Germany embossed in them, and even though tests conducted on the same proved them to be inept, the same were accepted after assurances made by Sidh Sales that they will provide free service if the bearings don’t perform well.

It was later found out that that the German company mentioned by Sidh Sales does not manufacture the said bearing. Worse, the bearings were found to be bought from Sino United Industries based in China’s Henan region.

The Delhi firm was found to be corresponding with two other Chinese firms named Xuzhou Helin Slewing Bearings Co Ltd and RTR Engineering Co Limited and it was found that the certification letters claimed by Sidh Sales to have been sent by CRB Antriebstechnik were fake.

The agency will not name any officials and will soon be examining directors of the private firm.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/story-...xI0bcMK9O.html
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