As per the Defence
Acquisition Council decision of October 2011, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is
to manufacture 155mm Howitzers as per the details given below:-
of two prototypes of 155mm/39 calibre FH 77 B02 and two prototypes of upgraded
155mm/45 calibre Howitzer Gun.
simultaneously carryout electronic and mechanical upgrade (to 45mm calibre) on
one 'in service' 155mm/39 calibre gun separately.
The time lines for
OFB to offer indigenous Howitzers for trials are as follows:-
prototypes of 155mm/39 calibre guns by December 2012.
prototypes of 155mm/45 calibre guns by June 2013.
The Technology Transfer Agreement with
Swedish company allows this provision.
Government of India had entered into License Agreement with M/s AB Bofors, Sweden for indigenous manufacture of 155mm/39 calibre FH 77 B02 Gun and
Ammunition alongwith the procurement of 155mm/39 calibre FH77 B02 for the Indian Army.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr MM PallamRajuin a
written reply to ShrimatiGunduSudharani in Rajya Sabha today.
(Release ID :83930)