The Indian Army has launched the first six of the indigenously built long-range artillery gun, Dhanush, also known as the ‘Desi Bofors’, which will now add to its firepower along the borders with Pakistan and China.
- The Dhanush project was started by OFB to replace the older 105 mm Indian Field Gun, 105 mm Light Field Gun and the Russian 122 mm guns with a modern 155mm artillery gun.
- The design is based on the Bofors Haubits FH77 which India acquired in the 1980s.
- The gun completed development trials in 2018 and was approved for series production in 2019.
- Indian Army has ordered 114 guns and the total order size could increase to 414 guns.