India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is about to begin series production of an upgraded variant of the Indian Army’s M46 towed field gun (IA) following successful user trials.
Official sources told Jane’s on 24 January that the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) at Jabalpur in central India tested the upgraded 155 mm/45 cal variant – named Sharang – at the nearby Khamaria firing range out to a range of 39 km, compared with the 27 km range achieved by the standard 130 mm M46.
The upgraded variant, which weighs 8,450 kg, accurately hit four diverse targets from as many different angles and demonstrated its capability of firing three-round bursts per minute, as well as its ability to fire continuously for an hour, said the sources.
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