We have given additional 200 numbers this would be more than 10 regiments, nearly count could go +300.
Probably IA may rethink about towed howitzer induction numbers after Ukrain war. Shoot & scoot and continues movement is the new mantra for survivability and IA never gonna achieve it with higher number of towed artillery. Probably Ukrainian war is the first time in history, howitzers being hunted by indirect fire . It achieved because of drones & enemy relied heavily on almost immobile towed howitzers.The requirement is above 1200 in numbers , K9 and M777 type howitzers and atleast 500 HIMARIS type rocket launchers if you decently want to defend the border along China and Pakistan.
What is this 200 300 BS!
It's difficult to bring changes in a structured organization like military,Bose is always right in any military. It took a tonne of toll by US army to adopt M16 as their standard issue rifle before throwing away WW era rifle. More over the so called indigenous weapon lobby will go on mad if IA didn't induct ATAGS.M46 was used during 1971 and IA is mad about it, then again in 1999 FH77 showed it's scoot and shoot capability which again impressed IA to the core, the reason when talk about artillery every artillery officer talk about only towed, ATAGS & ATHOS is what most in IA understand as modern artillery.
Ukraine war showed clearly showed not just Artillery need to be self propelled but armored, Cheap Chinese DJI Mavic drone & it's clones can see muzzle flashes & a experienced gun crew and locate and bomb it in minutes, Only K9 is the true Artillery system India has in it's inventory.
IA will only react after action by PLAGF, things we saw at LAC since 2020..
It's difficult to bring changes in a structured organization like military,Bose is always right in any military. It took a tonne of toll by US army to adopt M16 as their standard issue rifle before throwing away WW era rifle. More over the so called indigenous weapon lobby will go on mad if IA didn't induct ATAGS.
It achieved because of drones & enemy relied heavily on almost immobile towed howitzers.
200 has become 100 again
When the Army did the trials for Vajras before it placed the order in 2017, it was carried out in deserts and not in high-altitude areas where the howtizer’s systems work differently in rarefied atmosphere and extreme cold.
“When the Ladakh crisis started, we had to rethink our strategy. We put these guns in Ladakh for trials and they performed well surpassing our expectations. And hence, we have decided to go in for more,” a third source said.
Sources explained that the Army is looking for 200 more Vajras but could not have placed a repeat order higher than the original. They added the new order will be for 100 howitzers and a subsequent order could be placed at a later date once the second order is delivered.
If requirment is 300, why dont mod placing order for 300 instead of 100?Plan is to eventually have 300 of these guns. Efforts are also on to fast-track remaining trials of indigenous Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System.theprint.in
Plan is for 200 more Vajras“We have got the clearance from the Ministry of Defence to order for 100 more Vajras. The Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued to L&T soon after which the cost negotiations will be carried out. We will fast-track the process and hope to have the deliveries started soon,” a source in the defence and security establishment said.
ThePrint has learnt that there could be another order for 100 more Vajras after the new one is executed and that the Army’s plan is to eventually have 300 of these guns that were initially bought for the deserts.