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India tries to spool up artillery production, but bottlenecks remain

21st October 2022 - 02:00 GMT | by Rahul Bedi in Delhi


This is an earlier prototype of the MGS 155mm truck-mounted howitzer that the DRDO exhibited at DefExpo 2018. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

The DRDO showed an updated 155mm truck-mounted howitzer at DefExpo 2022, and India will also export its Pinaka to Armenia.

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) unveiled the latest incarnation of its indigenously developed 155mm 52-calibre Mounted Gun System (MGS) at DefExpo 2022.  

Mounted on a Tatra T815 8x8 truck possessing an armoured cab, the 15t MGS is a derivative of the 155mm Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System, which the DRDO previously developed with Tata and Kalyani Group.

Army sources said it takes just 80 seconds to bring the MGS into action, and an equal amount of time to withdraw it. 

The DRDO wants the Indian Army to acquire 814 MGS as part of its planned induction

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Rahul Bedi


Rahul Bedi

Rahul Bedi is a New Delhi-based journalist reporting for over 30 years on strategic, military, and security …

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