New Delhi, Feb 19 : Defence Ministry has placed an order for
production of 114 ‘Dhanush’ long range artillery guns to Ordnance Factory Board.
The indigenous artillery guns are capable of being deployed in both desert and mountainous terrains.
Described as a product of joint efforts of the OFB and the Indian Army, this is the first ever indigenous 155 mm x 45 calibre long-range artillery gun.
The gun is equipped with inertial navigation-based sighting system, auto-laying facility, on-board ballistic computation and an advanced day and night direct firing system, an OFB statement said.
‘Dhanush’ has also been electronically upgraded to enhance firing accuracies, laying speeds of the existing gun and to provide compatibility with various kinds of ammunition as well, it said.
This comes after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a 22-year-old local JeM suicide bomber was driving the SUV and rammed into the CRPF convoy.
The Jaish terrorist was assisted by other JeM operatives at the spot who opened fire on the troops.