The Dhanush artillery gun will be part of the Republic Day parade for the first time this year. The initial first batch of the gun was indicted last year but clearance for bulk production order of 118 of these guns to the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) was given later. More of these will be indicted in the army soon.
Indigenously developed by Ordnance Factory Board under the flagship project of Make in India’ the foundation for Project Dhanush was laid focusing on co-development by OFB and Indian Artillery.
The synergy of efforts have given rise to one of the most agile, reliable and adaptive gun system for the Indian armed forces. The robust design and automation accompanied with the most advanced navigation and positioning system accrues the much needed rapid positioning and aiming capability including day and night firing capability.
Dhanush, an indigenous artillery gun of 155 mm x 45mm calibre on the lines of Bofors, has a better rate of fire and a strike range of 38 kilometres. The weapon is the first long-range artillery gun to be produced in India. Eighty-one per cent of its components are indigenously sourced. The scale would go up to 90 per cent.
It’s all terrain autonomous gun system with precise targeting and longer range.
“The Dhanush gun with its auto-loading facility and onboard ballistic computer system stands ready to engage the desired target in less than two minutes and can strike over 35 kms from its position. A powerful Auxiliary Power Unit and optimised design impart high maneuverability and agility to engage targets in all directions of threat.