Defence Research and Development Organisation, India’s premier defence research agency has begun to lay the ground work for creating a 155 MM Artillery Gun. A DRDO source told Frontier India that “a project has been conceptualised towards development of a 155mm Artillery Gun to meet the objective of developing the expertise in this field. We are building up the requirement of creating technology base towards indigenous capability of manufacturing Artillery Guns has been felt for a long time.”
Expecting a firm requirement, Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), a DRDO Lab is spearheading the plan to create Technology Base to meet futuristic requirements.
“DRDO has also taken initiative to broaden Human Resource pool in this area by providing highly specialised training to scientists in the best possible institutes/universities in the world,” said the official.
Some private sector companies have shown their interest in the project, but the DRDO official said “since the requirement has not come in yet, it is premature to talk about alliances.”
Indian designed Arjun Tank uses a 120 mm Rifled gun developed by ARDE. In 1972, ARDE had developed the 105 mm Indian Field Gun (IFG) and later up-gunned the Indian army’s 130 mm gun to 155 mm.