In a bid to acquire the capability to target enemy positions close to the civilian areas without causing collateral damage, the Indian Army is planning to buy the Excalibur precision guided long-range artillery ammunition, which is capable of hitting targets more than 50 km away, from the United States, reports Times of India.
"The Indian Army is planning to acquire the Excalibur artillery ammunition from the Americans under the emergency procurement procedures," government sources was quoted in the report as saying.
According to the report, the acquisition of the projectiles is being processed under the emergency powers for procurement of weapon systems and ammunition to keep the army war-ready in post-Pulwama attack like situations. The ammunition is being acquired for units deployed along the Line of Control (LoC), which sees regular artillery shelling from the Pakistani side.
The Excalibur artillery ammunition can be busted in the air as well as after its penetration into bunker-type structures by using its different fuses.
As per the report, the Army, in a recent meeting, had briefed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh about its plans to acquire the guided ammunition from the US which utilises the GPS system to strike targets at ranges more than 50 km.
The Army has also begun the induction of US-made M-777 ultra-light howitzers which can be used for firing the Excalibur ammunition.
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