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    Anonymous

    Artillery guns by year-end : Indian Army

    http://idrw.org/?p=2339

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    Anonymous

    More thunderingly good news !!

    C-130J aircraft from US to arrive this week

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_c-130j-aircraft-from-us-to-arrive-this-week_1495220

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    SSG

    Shiv, what happened to the BEML assembled Zuzana SPGH ? It was under trial last year. Some people claimed that it is an upgraded Bofors with a Zuzana 155/52 barrel. Please investigate the matter.

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    Prasun K. Sengupta

    "In effect, the Army hasn't added a single howitzer to its arsenal in 25 years."—Not true. The Indian Army from the early till the mid-1990s acquired close to 1,200 surplus stock M-46H 130mm towed howitzers from both Russia and the Czech Republic. Of these, only 40 have to date been upgraded to 155mm/45-cal standard by the OFB and Soltam Systems.
    The BAE Systems-built 155mm/39-cal ultra-lightweight howitzer's export designation is the LW155. The designation M777 is peculiar to only in-service howitzers deployed with the US armed forces.

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    Anonymous

    IA needs to start thinking smart. It should get used to these scams and find out alternate way to get what it needs.

    if full artillery pieces cannot be brought in "media glare", then a back door approach should be used.

    let the ofb's import gun under "spare parts" requirement. given that bofors gun require spare parts, which could be a "whole gun in parts", i dont see the reason why this cannot be done.

    pay the gun makers and he will send in painted pink if need be.

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  6. 8

    Anonymous

    This must be a stop gap measure before we complete the development of our own artillery gun in two more years time. Then the army must induct it and keep on improving with further versions.

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  7. 9

    Anonymous

    OM NAMAH SHIV AROOR!!! Say this 108 times!!! your wish may be taken for consideration….I mean procurement of Guns!!!

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    Anonymous

    I am quite amazed at the modern weapons available with the Singapore Army!!! i think Singapore is way ahead of India. Its natural Singapore calls India as stupid country as per wiki cable leaks!!! They must have come to this conclusion after ST tried to sell their 155mm Howitzer!!!

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    Anonymous

    Anon @11:23,What has Singapore to worry about.When you have a country of 700 Sq.Kms, you can run it as a Kindergarten state or whatever else that you wish to run it for.
    Singapore called India stupid because of India's stance on relations with ASEAN.Singapore was frustrated that India is not moving on certain things as PER THEIR INTERESTS.Lets remember how Nixon and Kissinger raved,ranted and swore against Indira Gandhi.That can be seen perhaps as the biggest compliment to her.I peole are complimentary or benign to you EVEN in private.Beware,you may be acting only to their benefit NOT YOURS.

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    Prasun K. Sengupta

    To [email protected]: In which areas in particular is Singapore way ahead of India? And are you aware of the quantum of China-made components on the ST Kinetics-made FH-2000i and Pegasus howitzers? Let me refresh your memory–almost a decade ago there was a fatal accident in New Zealand when the barrel of a FH-2000 howitzer exploded. The subsequent Board of Inquiry had then clearly spelt out the QC-related problems of these China-origin components. I therefore would NEVER agree to India buying any kind of field artillery systems from Singapore.

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  11. 13

    Mr. Ra

    All replacements etc as indicated by Prasun are surely indicative of somewhat good progress made under the given adverse circumstances.

    The howitzer purchase from USA is a further consolation till the Indian gun really arrives.

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    Anonymous

    In effect, the Army hasn't added a single howitzer to its arsenal in 25 years.

    Thats stretching it – Army steadily acquired 130 mm guns in this time. Some of these were converted to 155 mm as well.

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    Anonymous

    Prasun sahab,there were instances in India too ,loss of army personnel lives due to explosion of shells supplied by Russia.. if i am not wrong!!! ST might have gone in for a strategic partnership!!!! i know of one company in India,which received orders for development of power supplies for ST kinetics made equipment!!! what i would like to bring to your kind notice is that the arming of the Singaporean army appears to be systematic…right right from assault rifles to self propelled howitzers ..unlike ours indigenisation of one rifle here,import of another model there and procurement gaffe with knee jerk reactions and MOD goes on blacklisting spree…thats nothing but arming with out aiming… Sure!! you being close to singapore by being in Malaysia,you may be right and have better information!!!

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    Anonymous

    Re: Prasun K. Sengupta

    You do not know your facts regarding the FH-2000 explosion. I am plainly surprised at your ignorance or your agenda.

    The barrel did not explode. The fuse on the round detonated prematurely.
    FYI, the fuse was supposed to be supplied by a American company, who in turn, outsourced it to the Chinese without the Singaporean knowledge or approval!

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    Prasun K. Sengupta

    To [email protected]: Yes, I agree that equipping of the Singapore Army has been a systematic process, but so would India's had the Indian Army, like its Singaporean counterpart, had been confined to only four Divisions! Furthermore, Singapore, unlike India, is not obsessed with indigenisation and therefore Singapore has never felt the need to expend resources on creating sprawling military-industrial complexes.

    To [email protected]: Did the round armed with the faulty fuze explode AFTER it had entered the barrel chamber, or was the round 'hanging around' near the FH-2000 when the mishap took place on March 9, 1997? FYI it was way back in October 1994 that the ST Kinetics subsidiary–Chartered Ammunition Industries (CAI) discovered that the fuzes were manufactured at the factory in China rather than in the US. However, CAI did not attempt to inform MINDEF Singapore of this discovery and MINDEF was not made aware that these fuzes were manufactured in China, according to the MINDEF's Committee of Inquiry. Therefore, for you to claim that the US vendor outsourced the fuzes from China without the approal or knowledge of either CAI or ST Kinetics, is totally untrue. Makes me wonder now what's your agenda in spreading disinformation.

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    Anonymous

    ENOUGH of this WHINE FEST

    India has ENOUGH TUBE artillerry for a two front war

    We need more SMERCH PINAKA BRAHMOS and PRITHVIS

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