‘Vajra’ cannon to be deployed in Ladakh

New Delhi: The K-9 Vajra, the advanced cannon jointly developed by India and South Korea, will be deployed at the Ladakh LAC that is shared with China. These cannons have been produced in India by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) under the ‘Make in India’ programme. Moreover, as per the recent report, the company has delivered the order of 100 cannons that was placed in 2017. The last of the cannons was handed over to the Indian Army. Indian Army Chief General Naravane was also present there at the time.   

Over 100 K-9 Vajra and 155 MM/52 calibre self-propelled cannons have joined the Indian Army fleet. These cannons have been produced at the L&T plant at Hajira near Surat. Three years ago, a tender was passed, and L&T was given the contract to build the K-9 Vajra, the Indian edition of South Korean K-9 Thunder. Moreover, the company has declared to have completed the order and delivered it to the Indian Army before the provided timeline. Indian Army Chief General Naravane was present when the 100th cannon was given to the Army.   

80% of the ‘K-9Vajra T’ portion has been produced in India. Besides, the order for 13,000 pieces of these cannons was placed with around 1000 companies. The firepower of K-9 Vajra is about 38 kilometres. Since 1986, India had not filed any new cannons in the Army. But now, alongside Vajra cannons, Dhanush, M777 Ultra-Light howitzer, has joined the Indian Army. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS). These cannons will also soon be a part of the Indian Army. 

Meanwhile, as per the report, three of the K-9 Vajra T cannons deployed in the Indian army fleet have been sent to Ladakh. These cannons will soon be deployed in Leh. Following that, these cannons will be deployed in a higher region. These cannons will be tested there to check if they are useful in unfavourable area during the war. After this testing, two to three regiments of these Vajra cannons will be deployed in the mountainous regions near the border.  

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