The Indian Army will soon induct more artillery, long-range rockets, and loitering munitions to bolster its defense capabilities, sources told Hindustan Times.
The development comes as New Delhi seeks a major firepower upgrade amid heightened border tensions with China and Pakistan.
According to the sources, the country will boost its artillery capabilities by deploying additional self-propelled K9 Vajra-T guns, 155-mm Dhanush towed guns, and an advanced towed artillery gun system.
India will also induct upgraded “Sharang” weapons along the contested borders.
Additionally, the army is reportedly on track to inducting longer-range Pinaka rocket systems, loitering munition, and reconnaissance systems.
“The focus is on modernization through indigenization,” sources told the outlet. “All gun systems procured in the last five years or being procured, are indigenous, except the M777 ultra-light howitzers imported from the US. Some important capability upgrades are planned in the coming years.”
‘Enhancing Combat Effectiveness’
India’s push to induct more artillery and rocket systems comes amid reports of a shortage in weapons due to the “Make in India” initiative.
The army can reportedly no longer replenish its stockpiles because of certain acquisition restrictions in the program.
However, the sources revealed that the Indian military would procure 100 more K9 Vajra-T guns manufactured by Larsen & Toubro.
The acquisition would be much faster because the guns are already in service, and no trials are needed before operating them.
“The measures being taken now will significantly enhance our combat effectiveness, especially along the northern borders with China,” former director general of military operations Vinod Bhatia told Hindustan Times.