GCF’s indigenously developed gun ‘Soltam–155’ eyeing final nod
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 28 Feb 2017 14:17:12|
By Ashish Rajput,
It is informed that the indigenously developed
Soltam – 155 mm gun will have to face competition against other guns prepared by two private firms as their field trials are underway. Field trials were reportedly given good response but GCF is yet to be given official final report but they are optimistic
to get technical clearance
Another indigenously developed gun ‘Soltam – 155’ at Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) Jabalpur has successfully accomplished rigorous firing tests with different parameters. Indigenously developed gun of GCF is giving tough contest to the other guns prepared by two private firms.
“Gun Carriage Factory had indigenously developed two versions of Russian 130 mm gun named as Soltam – 155. Prototype guns were developed on the recommendation of Indian Army and handed over for testing their technical parameters year back. We are optimistic for successful completion of field trials of indigenously developed gun to get approval for starting its production”, says Sanjay Shrivastava, Joint General Manager and Spokesman, Gun Carriage Factory.
Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Shrivastava informed that the indigenously developed Soltam – 155 mm gun will have to face competition against other guns prepared by two private firms as their field trials are underway. Field trials were reportedly given good response but GCF is yet to be given official final report but they are optimistic to get technical clearance.
It may be mentioned that the Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), in collaboration with Ordnance Development Centre, Kanpur and Ordnance Factory Kanpur successfully completed upgradation of Soltam gun. The factory has upgraded Israel made 130 mm Soltam gun that was procured by the Indian Army from Russia.
The upgradation of 130 mm Russian gun is a part of research and developments being carried out at Gun Carriage Factory. The factory participated in technical bidding amongst two other private firms to exhibit its upgraded guns for procuring its production order from the Ministry of Defence. Gun Carriage Factory already proved its mettle by indigenously developing longest firing Dhanush – 155/45 calibre gun and eyeing positive nod from Ordnance Factory Board to register its strong presence against private firms in production of best defence weapons for security of the nation.