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  1. 1

    Cane-an

    Interesting news indeed! How reliable is this magazine?

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    Prasun K. Sengupta

    It was in early 1998 (and not in 2005, as claimed), that engineering development work began on the Bhim tracked SPH, comprising Denel/LIW’s T-6 turret housing a 155mm/52-cal barrel and the hull of the Arjun Mk1 MBT. I myself took a photo of the Bhim tracked SPH during Defexpo 2000, which was the venue chosen by the DRDO to publicly reveal the Bhim for the very first time (the photo can ve viewed at: http://trishulgroup.blogspot.com/2009/10/ottavio-quattrocchis-lasting-gift-to.html)

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  3. 3

    Shiv Aroor

    @Prasun: i reckon you've misunderstood the sentence. i meant that the deal fell through in 2005. Obviously the the Denel gun had been selected years before.

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    Anonymous

    So who supplied the new turret ? Rheinmetall ? Or is it a reverse engineered T6 ?

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    Prasun K. Sengupta

    To Shiv Aroor: That's right mate. Thanks for clearing the misunderstanding. If I'm not mistaken, the K-9 turret was also offered atop a motorised vehicle by L & T and was shown in scale-model form at Defexpo 2008.

    To [email protected]: Who says it's a new turret? The photos only depict one of the two Bhim prototypes. And what's this about a 'reverse-engineered T6"? If you're implying that the DRDO has reverse-engineered the T6 then I'm afraid you're terribly overestimating the technological competencies of a country where the industrial manufacturing sector accounts for a mere 15% of the country's GDP.

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    Jake Lor

    The Indian army need the Bhim 155mm self propelled artillery gun to match PLA PLZ-05.

    Indian army is also probably going bring back the Abhay ifv to counter PLA ZBD-97, ZBD-2000, ZBL-09, and ZLC-2000.

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  7. 7

    Anonymous

    The turrent is imported (or licensed) as are 80% of the components…nonethe less its a good effort….and thos that complain…this beast has more local components that the Dhruv!

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  8. 8

    Anonymous

    what's current status of Bhim 155mm ??
    Does Indian Army Have Bhim 155mm Gun as of today ??

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  9. 9

    RK

    Finally.

    I was hoping either this gets inducted or a similar one from BAE or rheinmetall in the IA.

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    Anonymous

    Good that this monster is finally out of limbo. But what happened to Abhay IFV? Has that program along with FINSAS has gone into limbo? What sort of 'futuristic' technologies are being researched or implemented? Are they comparable to Israelis?

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  11. 11

    Anonymous

    Thanks a lot Shiv for this wonderful news .

    Now please tell which turret is being used. indian south korean south african or any thing else

    A Bhim regiment can cause a lot of damage to pakistan because its long range

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  12. 12

    Anonymous

    which gun has been finalised ? – K9 or denel or something else

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  13. 13

    KVR

    Looks a lot like the French GCT 155 mm SPG. You sure there is no French "consultancy" ? :))

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  14. 14

    Anonymous

    Yes, Even I would like to know which OEM makes this turret!

    Do you have more pics shiv, this gun looks wicked, hate to be at the wrong end of it.

    When are the trials planned?

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    Anonymous

    I know this may sound stupid but…. Can this thing be used to blow up enemy Tanks?

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  16. 16

    chaithanya

    Any news about M777 howitzer-which is reported to be failed in feb trails???

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  17. 17

    Anonymous

    good news. i have also heard about ARDE working on 155mm barrel. any news about it??
    and what happened to FINSAS project, and many other weapons developed under the INSAS family. any further news about it??

    looking forward for your post..

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    Anonymous

    Hi Shiv,
    Eagerly awaiting updates on BHIM SPA. Please update soon.
    Regards
    Abhishek

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