The Indigenously upgraded 155 mm/45 calibre artillery gun, Sharang gun system was successfully test-fired at the Long Proof Range (LPR) of Khamaria in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday (21 January), reports ZEE News.
Shells fired from this towed artillery gun can hit targets at a distance of 39 km.
The indigenously-designed gun is part of the Narendra Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, and the Indian army will soon be supplied from Gun Carriage Factory and the Ordnance Factory, Kanpur.
The Sharang gun has been upgraded successfully from its previous specification of 130 mm to 155 mm and its commercial production will began soon.
The Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) will assemble 12 of 30 Sharang gun systems and the other 18 guns will be assembled at Gun Carriage Factory, Kanpur.
Sharang gun systems are equipped with night vision sensors to target the enemy and can be operated at night.
Sharang gun has been named after the celestial bow Sharanga crafted by Vishwakarma who had given it to Lord Vishnu.