Government starts process to buy 100 more K9-Vajras
The Defense Ministry has initiated the process to procure 100 more K-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers, which are made in India by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) using technology transferred from South Korean defence major Hanwha Defence.
The 100th cannon was handed over to the army in 2021.
In the 2020 standoff in eastern Ladakh, the Army deployed a regiment of these howitzers to augment its long-range firepower in a massive move by China across the Line of Actual Control.
Encouraged by its improved performance, the Army is looking to eventually buy an additional 100 guns.
The induction of Dhanush, K9-Vajra and M777 Ultra Light Howitzers has increased the artillery firepower on the northern frontiers.
The K-9 Vajra is a 155 mm, 52-calibre tracked self-propelled howitzer manufactured by L&T.
It is based on the K-9 Thunder with technology transferred from South Korean defence major Hanwha Defence.
The K-9 Vajra was primarily procured for use in the desert, but the standoff with China has prompted them to be deployed in the mountains as well.
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