GCF awaits MoD’s nod to start prodn of Soltam-155

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Jun 2018 10:35:51


By Ashish Rajput

ANOTHER indigenously developed gun system ‘Soltam-155’ at Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), Jabalpur, is awaiting nod from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to kick-start its production.
GCF has given a tough contest to other gun systems developed by two private companies and emerged on top with fulfilling technical parameters recommended by the Indian Army. GCF Senior General Manager S K Singh, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, confirmed that indigenously developed gun system with upgradation of Russian 130 mm gun named ‘Soltam-155’ passed through rigorous user trials and awaiting green signal from higher authorities to start its production. Two prototype guns were developed on recommendation of the Indian Army and handed over for testing of their technical parameters in Field Evaluation Trials (FET). He is hopeful to get production order for Soltam-155 in next 4 to 6 months. 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. 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 to procure its
production order from the Ministry of Defence. Gun Carriage Factory has 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 the nation.