Infantry Weapons

India completes trials of licence-built FH-77B howitzer

12 June 2018

India’s state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has successfully completed the final round of trials of its licence-built, upgraded Dhanush FH-77B 155m/45 cal towed howitzer, paving the way for the imminent induction of the gun into the Indian Army (IA).

OFB officials told Jane’s on 11 June that from 2-7 June a total of six Dhanush howitzers in battery formation accurately fired 50 rounds each in India’s northwestern Pokhran region to a range of 38 km.

“We have effectively completed Dhanush’s user exploitation trials that were the last in an extended series,” said S K Singh, general manager of the OFB’s Jabalpur-based Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), which is responsible for integrating the howitzer.

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