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Army to induct 18 Dhanush guns


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From UPSC perspective following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of Dhanush and Bofors Gun.

Mains level: Important as an example of ‘Make in India’ initiative in the defence sector.


  1. What: The first regiment of 18 Dhanush artillery guns will be inducted into the Army by the end of the year
  2. Dhanush is the indigenously upgraded variant of the Swedish Bofors guns
  3. Why is this Artillery Gun Superior? Dhanush is an upgraded version, based on the original design of the Swedish 155-mm Bofors howitzers, which India procured in the mid-1980s
  4. It is a 155-mm, 45-calibre gun with a maximum range of 40 km in salvo mode, compared to the 39-calibre, 27-km range of the original guns
  5. Background: The gun as of June 2016 has entered into active production with confirmed order of 414 guns
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