According to Defense sources, Indian Army Chief General M M Naravane on Tuesday flagged off the 100th K-9 Vajra-T during his visit to Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Defence, Hazira, Surat. Larsen & Toubro has supplied 100 units of indigenously made K-9 Vajra-T 155 mm/ 52 caliber self-propelled guns to the Indian Army.
As per reports, Naravane visited Larsen & Toubro Defence, Hazira Surat, for a first-hand experience on K-9 Vajra-T. He also appreciated Larsen & Toubro’s efforts to boost ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in the Defence sector.
General MM Naravane #COAS visited Larsen & Toubro Defence #Hazira #Surat, for a First-hand experience on K-9 Vajra-T. #COAS appreciated Larsen & Toubro’s efforts to boost ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ in the Defence sector.#AtmaNirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/YkQmiOLq0x— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) February 18, 2021
L&T had inked the Rs 4,500 crore contract with the Ministry of Defence under the 'Make in India' initiative to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 caliber tracked self-propelled gun systems in 42 months to the Indian Army.
K-9 Vajra-T is a tracked, self-propelled howitzer. It weighs 50 tonnes and can fire 47kg bombs at 43-kilometer distant targets. It can also turn around at zero radii.
In September 2015, Larsen and Toubro emerged as the finalist for an US$800 million contract to supply 100 self-propelled howitzers to the Indian Army.
The vehicle is the K9 VAJRA-T, a variant of the K9 specially designed for operation in the desert areas.By January 2020, more than half of K-9 Vajra guns had already been delivered to the Indian army ahead of schedule.[