The introduction of Larsen and Toubro’s K9 Vajra howitzer has demonstrated the Indian defence sector’s dedication to ‘aatmanirbharta,’ or self-reliance. The procurement of an additional 100 Vajra guns will be discussed at the next high-level Defence Procurement Board meeting, which will be led by Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar.
The conference will also feature three vice-chiefs of the armed forces and a senior representative from the Defence Research and Development Organisation, in addition to Kumar. A hundred guns are enough for five artillery regiments, and no trials are required because the order is likely to be repeated. The transaction will be worth Rs 5,500 crore.
Aside from that, several indigenous partnerships are on the table. They comprise 6,400 Pinaka rocket launchers with guided extended range rockets and Army replacement air defence guns. Explosive Economics Ltd and the government-owned Ordnance Factory Board will split the Rs 6000 crore rocket launcher project (OFB). After meeting acceptable standards, the firm that is L1 or cheaper will receive 60% of the deal, while the firm that is L2 will receive 40%.
The Army has already received hand grenades from Nagpur-based Explosive Economics. The Army’s replacement Air Defence Guns programme began with the intention of purchasing some and manufacturing the rest. India will now produce 220 weapons. A total of 140,000 rounds of ammunition will be purchased.