PM Modi launch L&T’s Hazira gun factory; hitches ride on home-made K9 Vajra vehicle

New Delhi: Prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the howitzer gun-manufacturing unit of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at Hazira in Surat today. At this Armoured Systems Complex, 100 Howitzer artillery guns, christened “K9 Vajra-T”, will be produced under the make in India programme.

He later tweeted a video of himself taking a ride on the K9 vehicle. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was also present on the occasion.

“Checking out the tanks at L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex in Hazira,” he said in the tweet.

The Indian Army inducted two howitzers including K9 Vajra after a gap of three decades. The two guns will also take part in the Republic Day parade on January 26. With a range of 38 km, K9 Vajra is built by L&T in collaboration with a South Korean firm. The contract for the howitzer system was initiated by the BJP government after it came to power in 2014. The development of the system was completed in two years.

In July 2018, L&T had announced that it had entered into a contract with South Korea’s Hanwha Techwin to jointly manufacture the K9 Vajra-T,  a variant of K9 Thunder, which is inarguably the world’s best 155 mm / 52 calibre self-propelled howitzer. 

(With inputs from agencies)