Friday, July 10, 2015

News Roundup: Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Phase-1 Near Completion, Dhanush Trials to Continue

AAD interceptor of BMD

BMD Phase-1 Near Completion


On July 9, 2015 DRDO Chief S Christopher told The Tribune that DRDO is close to wrapping development of the AAD missile and completing BMD phase-1.

 “We are nearing the completion stage. We are looking at a small variation and working on that. Once AAD is perfected, it will complete the BMD”.

IDP Sentinel members can read more at the link below:

Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System - IDP Sentinel

 Dhanush Trials to Continue Despite Bulk Production Clearance


 Notwithstanding the recent Bulk Production Clearance for Dhanush 155-mm/45-cal howitzers given to OFB, trials of the gun will continue before final acceptance by the Army

The Indian Express reported on July 6, 2015 that the Indian Army has granted OFB Bulk Production Clearance (BPC) for 144 Dhanush guns.

Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur has already started production of the gun and plans to supply 6 guns within 6 months, another 12 within 12 months and another 36 guns within 24 months.

Dhanush trials have gone well so far, but the army is seeking minor modifications before inducting the gun.

"The trials were largely satisfactory. But there were minor things pointed out that would make the gun more suitable for the army's use," a senior officer told IANS.

"The changes have been made, and summer trials are on," the official said, adding that the winter trials will also be repeated.

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Dhanush 155 mm/45 Caliber Upgraded Bofors Howitzer (IDP Sentinel)