Arms industry company Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and manufacturer Bharat Earth Movers (BEML) have launched their latest 155mm 52 calibre mounted gun system at the DefExpo 2018 held in Chennai, India.
The new gun system has been completely and independently designed and produced by OFB, in collaboration with BEML and arms manufacturing company Bharat Electronics (BEL). The development supports the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The mounted gun includes the latest advanced laying and sighting systems, such as global positioning system (GPS)-aided inertial navigation systems (INS).
Muzzle velocity feeder data management systems, day and night firing, ballasting computer system capability are also featured.
The high-mobility BEML-Tatra 8X8 truck is used as the base vehicle for the gun system.
A 300kW (402HP) engine powers the truck, providing a power-to-weight ratio of more than 10kW/t. It is equipped with independent wheel suspension and swinging half-axles for improved cross-country mobility.
On one tank, the vehicle has a range of 1,000km, with an on-the-road top speed of 80km/h and cross-country cruising speed of 30km/h.
Target destruction capability of the latest 155mm 52 calibre mounted gun system is approximately 42km.
The gun is highly manoeuvrable in all types of terrain and capable of being automatically deployed to carry out missions independently.