The 91st K9 VAJRA-T Gun from L&T’s Armoured System Complex (ASC) was on Monday flagged off ahead of contractual delivery date by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani. In this big project of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the private sector company L&T has been maintaining the track record of ahead-of-time deliveries. K9 VAJRA-T’ 155mm/52 calibre Tracked, Self-Propelled Howitzer Guns
The company L&T had won this contract through a global bidding and is currently producing this gun in its facility located in Gujarat.
The project involves the delivery of 100 systems with associated Engineering Support Package (ESP) which covers the Spares, Documentation & Training. And, also Maintenance Transfer of Technology (MToT) to the Army Base Workshop to support the Howitzer regiments throughout their operational life cycle.
Under `Make in India’ initiative, the L&T has established a green-field manufacturing cum integration cum testing facility, the ‘Armoured Systems Complex’ (ASC) at Hazira near Surat.
According to JD Patil, Whole-time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Defence & Smart Technologies), L&T, “The production of Armoured Platforms like the K9 VAJRA contributes to the Indian economy with a large multiplier effect. It plays a significant role in building the Defence Industrial base in India and also creates new job opportunities.”
The infrastructure that L&T has built at the Armoured Systems Complex in the state of Gujarat, according to Mr Patil, is “Ready to develop, qualify and build India’s future armoured platforms for our Armed Forces.”
The company in its official statement claims to have created an industry benchmark by once again delivering the only in-service, 155mm/52 calibre Artillery Gun, ahead of schedule.
Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat policies of the Central Government, the L&T complex is expected to remain fully engaged in providing sustenance to the supply chain for building Armoured Platforms indigenously. The Whole-time Director & Senior Executive Vice President expressed hope that “the State of Gujarat will continue to encourage and support the high technology Defence and Aerospace Production units in service of the Nation”.
More about K-9 VAJRA –T
These are being delivered with more than 80 per cent indigenous work packages and above 50 per cent indigenisation (by value) at the Program level.
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