The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing an indigenous 155mm, 52-calibre howitzer for the Indian Army.

Press Trust of India has reported DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat as saying that the laboratory is currently developing advanced metallurgy for the barrels to increase the howitzer’s firepower.

Production of the self-propelled howitzer is expected to be completed in the next four years.

DRDO has begun the howitzer development work on a self-funding basis, but the project could not be accomplished due to issues pertaining to Bofors guns.

The Indian Defence Ministry recently cancelled the procurement tender of 180 wheeled, 155mm, 52-calibre howitzers.