‘Sharang’ has been upgraded from 130 mm to 155 mm capability

KANPUR: Under PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, Field Gun Factory and Ordnance Factory Kanpur is all set to roll out an indigenously-designed towed 155 mm/ 45 calibre towed artillery gun ‘Sharang’ to bolster Indian Army’s attacking prowess. 

‘Sharang’ will be an answer to the Soltam guns manufactured in Israel for its defence forces. The gun has been successfully upgraded from its earlier version of 130 mm to 155 mm capability. “The upgradation, involving the changing of barrel, would mean an increase in the range of the field gun from 27 km to 38 km,” said general manager, Field Gun Factory, Shailendra Nath adding that ‘Sharang’ is cent per cent indigenous.

“This gun, with a maximum range exceeding 38 km, has proved to be accurate, reliable, and simple to operate and maintain during testing. ‘Sharang’ is designed for operations in all terrains and climatic conditions, and using all existing standard 155-mm ammunition,” he said.

‘Sharang’ emerged as the winning bid during a procurement drive of the Centre after which it was tested at The Proof and Experimental Establishment, a DRDO laboratory in Balasore on January 17, 2019.