Jaisalmer, September 15: The Indian Army successfully test fired from indigenous advanced gun K9-Vajra-T at Pokhran field firing range in Jaisalmer on Thursday. According to a report published in The Times of India, six rounds were successfully from the Howitzer after the 13 modifications were made. The gun is manufactured by the Larsen & Turbo (L&T) under ‘Make in India’ initiative at defence manufacturing unit at Hazira.
Senior army officers and officials of L&T were also present during the test firing. The K9 Vajra-T is a 155 millimetre /52 calibre Howitzer. The gun is a type of K9 Thunder artillery used by the South Korean army. The guns are being made with the help of "Hanwha Techwin" company of South Korea which is providing technical support to the process.
The army received the first batch of 10 guns in May this year, and soon it will receive the remaining 90 guns. The total value of the deal was Rs 4,500 crore. The gun will be deployed along the western border with Pakistan. The weight of howitzer is about 45 Ton. The speed of the gun movement is 60-70km/ hour. According to experts, the howitzer self-propelled which meets the requirements of the 21st-century warfare and also ideally suited for mobile tank warfare.