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Dhanush Howitzers Artillery Guns Inducted into the Indian Army

Published on March 30, 2019
Four indigenous Dhanush Howitzer guns were inducted into the Indian Army. The induction of Dhanush Howitzer guns gives major fire-power boost to the Indian Armed Forces.
Dhanush Howitzers Artillery Guns Inducted into the Indian Army

Dhanush Howitzers Artillery Guns:

  • Dhanush Long Range Artillery Guns are the first ever indigenous 155 mm x 45 calibre long-range artillery guns.
  • Dhanush Long Range Artillery Guns are equipped with inertial navigation-based sighting system, auto-laying facility, on-board ballistic computation and an advanced day and night direct firing system.
  • The self-propulsion unit on Dhanush allows the gun to negotiate and deploy itself in mountainous terrains with ease.
  • Dhanush is also electronically upgraded to enhance firing accuracies, laying speeds of the existing gun and to provide compatibility with various kinds of ammunition as well.
  • Dhanush Howitzer is an improved version of Bofors guns acquired by India between 1987 and 1991.
  • Dhanush Howitzer is a reverse-engineered upgraded variant of the original Bofors design.
  • Dhanush reportedly has a new maximum effective range of 38 kilometers in salvo mode.
  • Dhanush Howitzer is capable of firing eight rounds per minutes and needs a crew of six to eight artillerymen.

One must know:

  • Dhanush makes outranged Pakistani artillery units more vulnerable to Indian counter-battery fire, while itself staying out of reach.
  • Dhanush's longer range and high rate of fire will also make it useful in tackling localised Pakistan Army's offensives in sectors of the LoC where the terrain favours the Pakistani side.


Q. Which indigenously built artillery guns were inducted into the Indian Army?
a. Astra
b. Shastra
c. Chakra
d. Dhanush

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