Sharang artillery Gun inducted into Indian Army

The Sharang Artillery Gun is to be inducted into Indian Army on February 8, 2020. The artillery guns are currently produced at the Kanpur ordnance factory.

Highlights

The Sharang artillery guns have been upgraded from 130 mm to 155 mm. Also, the hitting range of the gun system has been increased from 12 kilo metres to 39 kilo metres. It was tested at the Balasore DRDO facility in January 2019.

Artillery is a heavy military ranged weapons built to launch munitions.

Background

In October 2018, Ministry of Defence and the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board signed agreements to upgrade the artillery guns. The Sharang upgrade kit costs less than 7- lakh rupees per gun.

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)

The Ordnance Factory Board was set up in 1775 at Fort William, Kolkata. The Board governs around 41 factories of India at 24 different location. There are 10 such factories in Maharashtra, 9 in UP, 6 in MP, 6 in TN, 4 in West Bengal, 2 in Uttaranchal, 1 in Telangana, Chandigarh, Bihar and Odisha.

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