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Dhanush artillery gun

Posted on : 27 Feb 2020

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  • Dhanush, the 155 mm/45-calibre gun system is a towed Howitzer designed indigenously by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).
  • It is the first long-range artillery gun to be produced in India and has been billed as a success of the government’s Make in India initiative.
  • Hitting range:The gun has a maximum range of 36.5 km and has the capability of automatic alignment and positioning.
  • It is equipped with an inertial navigation-based sighting system, auto-laying facility, onboard ballistic computation and advanced day and night direct firing system
  • Apart from the above, the gun is also fitted with an inertial navigation system with global positioning system- (GPS) based gun recording and auto-playing, an enhanced tactical computer for onboard ballistic computations, an onboard muzzle velocity recording, an automated gun sighting system equipped with the camera, thermal imaging and laser range finder. 
  • Joint effort: It is a joint effort by the OFB, the Army, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Directorate General Quality Assurance, PSUs Bharat Electronics Limited, SAIL, and private firms.
  • Dhanushis an improved version of the FH-77B 155 mm/39-calibre field howitzers that were originally produced by AB Bofors of Sweden, which is now BAE Systems.
  • It is compatible with all North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 155 mm ammunition system. 

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to the ‘Dhanush artillery gun’, consider the following statements
    1.Dhanush is a towed Howitzer designed indigenously by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).
    2.It is the first long-range artillery gun to be produced in Russia.
    3.It is an improved version of the FH-77B 155 mm/39-calibre field howitzers.
    Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 only

    3.1 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1 and 3 only

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