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Infantry Weapons

Defexpo 2018: Kalyani Group showcases Bharat 52 towed gun

19 April 2018

The 155 mm/52 calibre Bharat 52 features electronic gun controls and a load assist system to improve its gun laying accuracy and rate of fire. (IHS Markit/Akshara Parakala)The 155 mm/52 calibre Bharat 52 features electronic gun controls and a load assist system to improve its gun laying accuracy and rate of fire. (IHS Markit/Akshara Parakala)India’s Kalyani Group is highlighting its Bharat 52 155 mm/52 calibre towed gun at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition being held in Chennai.

The indigenously developed weapon is manufactured by the company’s Bharat Forge Limited subsidiary and is based on the requirements of the Indian Army. It completed mobility trials at the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO’s) Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (VRDE) in Ahmednagar in 2015 and firing trials at the Ordnance Factories’ facility at CPE Itarsi in October 2017.

The company is planning to conduct further firing trials at the Proof and Experimental Establishment’s (PXE’s) facilities at Balasore.

According to Bharat Forge, the 15 tonne Bharat 52 has a firing range of about 41 km, with a traverse of 35˚ to right and left, and elevation range of -3˚ to +72˚at a rate of 5˚/s.

The Bharat 52 also features a load assist system (LAS) that enables its crew to achieve rapid fires of 6 rds/min or a sustained rate of 42 rounds/hr.

Gun laying is fully electronic, with the gunnery crew directing the weapon’s traverse and elevation via joystick command.

Although principally a towed gun, the weapon is equipped with a diesel auxiliary power unit (APU) as well as electronic steering that enables it to travel at speeds of up to 20 km/h.

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