India Gives Major Military Contract to Domestic Private Companies

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    [​IMG]First Ever? India Gives Major Military Contract to Domestic Private Companies
    The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), India’s first indigenous 155mm/52-caliber towed artillery gun, will be a joint project of two private-sector corporations. This is a reversal of the usual practice of giving only state-owned companies these kinds of pricey orders.
    Retired Indian Army major general and defense analyst Bhupinder Yadav told Defense News that "Two ATAGS prototypes have already been made and are under trials. MoD has already projected immediate requirement of 114 guns. The production can start within two years of order placement. With two partners having [their] own production line, [they] can meet the requirement faster."
    DNA Info quoted Praveen Kumar Mehta, director general of DRDO’s Armaments and Combat Engineering Systems, praising the development, saying, "We take pride to do things in the country and even if it's not at par with the international standards, we still strive to make it the best. Hence, this gun is a very good example of how the DRDO and the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), along with the industry, can come out with a system within the country and compete with the best in the world. In fact, we look forward to the export of such systems in the time to come."
    New Delhi acquired 144 of the howitzers from BAE Systems (formerly Bofors) between 1987-1991. "The task of development and manufacturing of [the] gun system was allotted to Kalyani Group, based on their know-how, competence, experience and infrastructure. Bharat Forge (a company of Kalyani Group) has taken up the role of co-developer, providing diverse inputs in design, manufacture and development," said Rajinder Bhatia, head of the Kalyani Group's Defence and Aerospace division.
     
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    TATA prototype in action ..

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    About Prototype made by Kalyani Co ..

    Honesty, Most comfortable looking seats i ever seen in Indian Army ..

    Except Tatra seats ..

    Thanks @Kunal Biswas for the Bonus.
    @Zaslon may be interested.
     
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    reminds me of the Indian used Swedish built FH77
     
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    Dhanush Artillery Gun itself is a modified Bofors.:)
     
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