Indian Army Artillery Systems : News and Updates

smestarz

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And there is a 105 mm ulh howitzer is available with kalyani, mounted on hlHummer. Saudi Arabia has already placed order for few if i am not wrong. It is far better suited weapon of choice than any light tank in mountainous region like ladakh to handle Chinese, good for indirect and direct firing with superior mobility than any variant of tank. Dont know what logic is driving IA to go for a light tank in mountainous region, without even considering this gun.
There are a few things here.
First 105 mm ULH from Kalyani is a good gun and does make an effective weapon when mounted on Hummer. Now the Saudis might be using as fast-moving mobile artillery, that is good against saying not so well armed Houthis or to simply shoot and scoot. this weapon can do very well in say Africa or even South America where Armies are not so well developed.
So, what as per you is the advantage of say 105 + Humvee against PLA light tanks? Weight.. but that is not going to help. usually, artillery guns fire low powered ammo because Field guns do not "kill" by impact velocity but rather by the explosion and the "load" thus the vehicle might not be able to fire high powered anti-tank shell as that would be high velocity. would the gun/vehicle be able to take that power?
Thus in the case of 105 HMV vs 105 PLA, the PLA would have an advantage. But when IA faces the PLA light tank with say T-90, our units have better armour and firepower so we hold a distinct advantage. Further in the terrain of Ladakh, it would not be easy for HMV to manoeuvre as easily as it can do in Saudi where most of the land is flat.
One does not really field Arty vs Arty facing each other. Artys are usually "back end" If an arty can be placed in some tactical position from where it can dominate the field, then yes, but then such positions are held, and so the mobility of HMV would not be required.
Such weapons are usually good against not so well armed opponents or an opponent which is stretched out and thus the mobility of the HMV can be used, but when the opponent is modern and well armed the uses of weapon mounted on HMV cannot be the one actually at the Front to face the enemy armour.
 
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Tatvamasi

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Two of the longest-serving Artillery weapon systems, the 130mm Self Propelled M-46 Catapult Guns and the 160mm Tampella Mortars were decommissioned today at #MFFR. The ceremony was marked by customary firing of the last salvos.

These are in inventory of the IndianArmy for close to 60 years and the decommissioning would make way for newer equipment with latest technologies.
 
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Two of the longest-serving Artillery weapon systems, the 130mm Self Propelled M-46 Catapult Guns and the 160mm Tampella Mortars were decommissioned today at #MFFR. The ceremony was marked by customary firing of the last salvos.

These are in inventory of the IndianArmy for close to 60 years and the decommissioning would make way for newer equipment with latest technologies.
More k9s?
 

randomradio

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Two of the longest-serving Artillery weapon systems, the 130mm Self Propelled M-46 Catapult Guns and the 160mm Tampella Mortars were decommissioned today at #MFFR. The ceremony was marked by customary firing of the last salvos.

These are in inventory of the IndianArmy for close to 60 years and the decommissioning would make way for newer equipment with latest technologies.

Finally they are out of service. Good run. Now we need more K9s.

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