Dhanush Guns

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    Syllabus: GS3/Defence

    News

    • The Indian Army, which has ordered 114 Dhanush artillery guns, will receive all the guns by 2026.

    About

    • Dhanush is the indigenously upgraded gun of the Swedish Bofors gun procured in the 1980s.
    • It is a 155 mm, 45-calibre towed artillery gun with a range of 36 km and has demonstrated a range of 38 km with specialized ammunition. 
    • It is an upgrade of the existing 155m, 39 calibre Bofors FH 77 gun
    • It is compatible with all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) 155 mm ammunition systems.
    • The Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited, carved after corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board, is now manufacturing the Dhanush guns.

    Features

    • The gun is fitted with an inertial navigation system with global positioning system- (GPS) based gun recording and auto-lying, an enhanced tactical computer for onboard ballistic computations and an onboard muzzle velocity recording.
    • It also has an automated gun sighting system equipped with camera, thermal imaging and laser range finder.

    Source: TH