PM Modi inaugurates India’s first private-sector howitzer manufacturing unit

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PM Modi inaugurates India’s first private-sector howitzer manufacturing unit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday inaugurated the Armoured Systems Complex of Larsen and Toubro in Gujarat, the first private facility in the country where the K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns will be manufactured. L&T had in 2017 won the Rs. 4,500-crore contract from the Ministry of Defence to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army under the Centre's ''Make in India'' initiative.

'Checking out the tanks at L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex in Hazira,' he said in the tweet. The Indian Army inducted two howitzers including the Larsen and Toubro (L&T) built K9 Vajra after a gap of three decades. The two guns will also take part in the Republic Day parade on January 26. With a range of 38 km, K9 Vajra is built by L&T in collaboration with a South Korean firm. The contract for the howitzer system was initiated by the BJP government after it came to power in 2014. The development of the system was completed in two years.