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K9 Vajra-T guns

Posted on : 22 Jan 2020

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  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicated to the nation the 51st K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer gun made by L&T at Hazira in Gujarat.
  • The gun weighs 50 tonnes and can fire 47-kilogram bombs at targets up to a distance of 43 kilometres. It can also turn around at zero radius.
  • In April 2017, L&T and Hanwa Techwin of South Korea signed a contract to manufacture 100 K9 Vajra-T guns. The K9 was shortlisted by the Army after extensive trials and the deal is worth about ₹4,500 crore for 100 guns.
  • The Army inducted the first batch of three guns in end 2018 and all deliveries are set to be completed by year end. More than 75% of K9 Vajra has been manufactured in India.
  • K9 Vajra-T is a 155-mm, 52-calibre self-propelled artillery gun with a maximum range of 40 km, customised from the original K9 Thunder gun. The fire control system has been customised for desert conditions to the requirements of the Army.
  • The K9 Vajra along with the M-777 ultra light howitzer were the first modern pieces of artillery inducted by the Army in three decades after the Bofors guns procured from Sweden in the early 1980s.

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to K9 Vajra consider the following statements
    1.It is a self-propelled Howitzer gun.
    2.Technology partner in the manufacturing process is USA
    3.In India they are been manufactured by DRDO.
    Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.1 only

    3.3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1 only

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