Land Warfare

PREMIUM: Indian K9s hunt for a new bone

19th February 2021 - 09:15 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

Will the Indian Army order additional K9 SPHs from Larsen & Toubro, now that the initial contract has been fulfilled?

The Indian Army has received all 100 K9 Vajra-T 155mm SPHs assembled by Larsen & Toubro (L&T), so now the company’s production line will lie idle as no new contract has been placed.

Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, the Chief of Staff, ceremonially took delivery of the final vehicle at L&T’s Armoured System Complex in Hazira, Gujarat on 18 February. The 91st vehicle had been handed over in January with much fanfare from L&T, the company doubtlessly wanting to publicise the need for a follow-on order.

The SPHs had been ordered in May 2017 under an INR43.66 billion contract (worth about $610 million today). Some 50% of the content of these Hanwha Defense weapons is claimed to be sourced domestically within India, with components supplied by 1,000 different companies.

Some of the 14 customised subsystems on the Vajra-T ...

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