Bhopal: After the induction of the indigenously built Tejas fighter jets into the Indian Airforce, the Indian Army too has its own indigenously built weapon. These are 155mm artillery guns called ‘Dhanush’.
The gun, which is a towed howziter with a striking distance of 38 km, has been developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata. After a successful trial, the Army had demanded six howziters, out of which three were delivered to it by Jabalpur-based Gun Carriage Factory (GCF).
Another consignment of three guns is expected to be delivered shortly to the Army.
The Dhanush, also called ‘Desi Bofors’, costs around Rs 14-crore a piece. Along with electronic gun-laying and sighting systems, the indigenous gun has an enhanced 11-km range as against Bofors’ 27-km range.
The Army had stationed a special team of officers at the GCF to help monitor the gun’s progress and provide guidance regarding qualitative requirements from the user’s perspective.