Armoured Systems Complex Current Affairs - 2019

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PM inaugurates manufacturing facility for K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns in Hazira

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Armoured Systems Complex (ASC), developed by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at Hazira near Surat in Gujarat. This Armoured Systems Complex (ASC) is the country’s first private facility where the K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns will be manufactured.

K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns

The features of the K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns

  • The gun weighs 50 tonnes and can fire 47kg bombs at a 43-kilometre distance target.
  • It can turn around at zero radii.
  • K9 Vajra is a variant of K9  specially designed for operation in the desert areas bordering Pakistan.

Make in India – Defence

The Armoured Systems Complex (ASC) at Hazaria is a striking example of Make in India Defence. The L&T is executing the production of the K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns and has signed a transfer of technology contract for guns with South Korean company Hanwha Corporation.

Around 400 SMEs are involved in developing 13,000 parts and steps are being taken to make a totally indigenous battle tank without having to depend on external help.

The Army now doesn’t have to depend on foreign nations for spare parts during its 40-year life cycle. The Army’s life cycle cost will be drastically reduced.