In India, presented the first copies of self-propelled guns K9 Vajra-T of domestic assembly

In India, presented the first copies of self-propelled guns K9 Vajra-T of domestic assembly

The Indian ground forces will soon receive the Indian version of the South Korean self-propelled howitzer K9 Thunder. As reported "Warspot" citing defenseworld.net, the first instances of the K9 Vajra-T howitzer were introduced in India.


In India, the ceremony of the first rolling out assembled at the Indian enterprise Larsen & Toubro self-propelled guns K9 Vajra-T of domestic assembly. Attending the ceremony, Indian Defense Minister Rajnat Singh not only officially introduced the new howitzer, but also personally drove in one of the specimens at the test site.

It is noted that the plant, where new self-propelled guns are manufactured, was opened a year ago specifically for the assembly of howitzers.

In January 2011, a tender was announced providing for the supply of self-propelled tracked howitzers to the Indian Army. Four potential sellers participated in it - BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Ltd) in partnership with Slovak Konstrukha, Tata Power, Larsen & Tubro / Hanva Techwin (formerly known as Samsung Techwin) and Rosoboronexport. The first two companies dropped out of the tender before the start of the tests, which were carried out during 2013-2014. In the final, Larsen & Tubro / Hanva Techwin competed with the K-9 Thunder and Rosoboronexport with the version of SG 155S52 Msta-S upgraded to UVZ to the standard 2 mm / 19, located on the main combat chassis tank T-72.

Larsen & Tubro bypassed Russia thanks to a favorable price offer, becoming the only bidder for the supply. It was approved by the Security Committee of the Government of India in March 2017. In April, L&T announced it had signed a contract with Hanwa Techwin for the production of the K-9 Vajra-T.

The Indian version of the K-9 Thunder has a mass of 47 tons. The howitzer is adapted to desert conditions. The basic modification is equipped with an MTU MT881 Ka-500 V8 engine with a capacity of 1000 hp, an Allison transmission and is able to reach a maximum speed of 67 km / h, a fuel range of 360 km, and an ammunition load of 48 ammunition. The calculation of the installation is 5 people, including the commander, driver, gunner, assistant gunner and loader. The self-propelled gun is capable of firing three shells within 15 seconds, which will hit the target simultaneously (firing mode MRSI). The maximum combat rate of fire is 6-8 rds / min. within 3 min., standard - 2-3 rds / min. In one hour. The firing range of self-propelled guns is 8-40 km. The body of steel armor protects against armor-piercing 14,5 mm ammunition and fragments of 152 mm ammunition.

The 155-mm / 52 self-propelled howitzer K9 Thunder (Thunder) was developed and manufactured by the South Korean association Samsung Techwin (now Hanwha Land Systems). In total, from 1999 to 2014, the South Korean army received 1136 self-propelled guns K9. Since 2004, the system has also been produced under license in Turkey (as T-155 Firtina).
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  1. Livonetc 17 January 2020 15: 37 New
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    The Indian version of the K-9 Thunder has a mass of 47 tons. The howitzer is adapted to desert conditions. The basic modification is equipped with an MTU MT881 Ka-500 V8 engine with a capacity of 1000 hp, an Allison transmission and is able to reach a maximum speed of 67 km / h, a fuel range of 360 km, and an ammunition load of 48 ammunition. The calculation of the installation is 5 people, including the commander, driver, gunner, assistant gunner and loader. The self-propelled gun is capable of firing three shells within 15 seconds, which will hit the target simultaneously (firing mode MRSI). The maximum combat rate of fire is 6-8 rds / min. within 3 min., standard - 2-3 rds / min. In one hour. The firing range of self-propelled guns is 8-40 km, the range of fuel - 450 km. The body of steel armor protects against armor-piercing 14,5 mm ammunition and fragments of 152 mm ammunition.

    fuel range - 360 km

    fuel range - 450 km

    Are these the characteristics of different machines or a mistake?
    1. Thrall 17 January 2020 15: 44 New
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      450 - on the highway
  2. nm76 17 January 2020 15: 37 New
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    We are losing it ... (India for the export of our weapons)
    1. donavi49 17 January 2020 15: 50 New
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      Well, in this segment there is no competitive offer. Algeria won China's PZL-45. Hire Mstu. Hindus have chosen K9. Indonesia Caesars.
      1. svp67 17 January 2020 16: 02 New
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        Quote: nm76
        We are losing her ...

        In this segment, we can say that we have lost, until we can, something worthy of the 155 mm caliber.
        Quote: donavi49
        Hindus have chosen K9. Indonesia Caesars.

        But is it just K-9? What about the M777 howitzer?
        1. URAL72 17 January 2020 16: 31 New
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          Can't we imagine the Coalition in caliber 155 mm?
          1. svp67 17 January 2020 17: 17 New
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            Quote: URAL72
            Can't we imagine the Coalition in caliber 155 mm?

            Do we have it? This is a new barrel, a complete alteration of the gun and its maintenance systems, that is, this is a NEW machine
            1. Kleber 17 January 2020 23: 36 New
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              That is yes. So far, plans are underway that state military tests of the 2C35 Coalition-SV self-propelled artillery mount (ACS) will be completed in 2020. And when it goes into the series is generally not known.
  3. Victor_B 17 January 2020 15: 49 New
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    And the crew will also throw up their knees as high when running up / running away from the car?
    Or like that?
    1. armenk 17 January 2020 16: 10 New
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      Great video. Kin Dza Dza reminded me of something .. I really liked how they, when running, not only lift up their legs, but also hold their hands - probably stubborn training, so as not to touch too much. bully
      1. krillon 17 January 2020 19: 04 New
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        Come on, you joke, it’s clear that they wanted to please some kind of Raja. It starts if a mess, not to show off will be.
    2. Starover_Z 17 January 2020 17: 20 New
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      And do they always have such dances? When changing combat positions, in preparation for firing near the front line?
      1. Victor_B 17 January 2020 17: 21 New
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        Quote: Starover_Z
        When changing combat positions, in preparation for firing near the front line?

        Firstly - it's beautiful! laughing
        1. Starover_Z 17 January 2020 17: 25 New
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          Quote: Victor_B
          Quote: Starover_Z
          When changing combat positions, in preparation for firing near the front line?

          Firstly - it's beautiful! laughing

          Fired back and lined up - wait for an answer?
          It reminded me directly of fragments of films about the war of 1812 - attacks with a parade system and a step to the full height on the enemy’s position!
          1. Kruglov 17 January 2020 23: 09 New
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            Preventively, they will receive an otvetka when they just begin to unfold in combat mode! With such a ballet!
    3. PValery53 17 January 2020 21: 32 New
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      Drill movements - in the easy stage of silly.
      1. Kruglov 17 January 2020 23: 11 New
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        Better to say, cretinism is at the stage of moronicity! Real medical diagnosis!
  4. lopuhan2006 17 January 2020 16: 44 New
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    Hindus do not owe anything to anyone, therefore they decide everything the same way we do - through kickbacks, corruption, personal interest, etc. The characteristics of competitors are basically the same. More dependent on the qualifications of the staff. If not, then fill up with live weight.
    1. BVS
      BVS 17 January 2020 17: 52 New
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      The population of India (Indians), as of October 2019, is 1,3 billion people, which represents one sixth of the world's population.
      The population of Russia is the composition of the inhabitants inhabiting the territory of Russia. As of January 1, 2019, according to Rosstat, in Russia there were 146 ...
      The difference is 9 times.
      1. lopuhan2006 17 January 2020 19: 16 New
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        Exactly. Therefore, the Indians, with their mentality, are not particularly worried about any distortions up or down from Pakistan, provided that China does not intervene. We have a concept of overwhelming live weight, if technology is not enough
        It was at least until the Chechen, including with echoes in the Georgian.
        1. neri73-r 17 January 2020 20: 38 New
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          Who do we have this with? Have you read and studied history from liberals?
          1. lopuhan2006 18 January 2020 00: 30 New
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            Are you already wedged by liberals? What does this have to do with it? I'm talking about Thomas, and you're talking about Yerema.
            Quote: neri73-r
            Who do we have this with? Have you read and studied history from liberals?

            First, please your thoughts
            clearly state their own, and not burp something.
            1. neri73-r 18 January 2020 09: 41 New
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              I’m about to overwhelm the live weight. This term came from the West and was picked up by our liberals when it was necessary to blame our army, as one of the secrets of our society. It is clear now?
  5. Misak Hananyan 17 January 2020 19: 52 New
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    Military power of india
  6. voyaka uh 17 January 2020 21: 50 New
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    It is amazing that Koreans who stepped into the 20th century from the peasant Middle Ages
    began to push Europeans in the artillery market! English, Germans, Russians.
    1. aszzz888 18 January 2020 01: 59 New
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      voyaka uh (Alexey) Yesterday, 21: 50
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      It is amazing that Koreans who stepped into the 20th century from the peasant Middle Ages
      Have begun crowd Europeans in the artillery market! English, Germans, Russian.
      and why so modestly about the ousting of Jews "in the artillery market"
      in southwest Asia, what is on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea? laughing Could be, and in more detail.
      1. voyaka uh 18 January 2020 03: 46 New
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        Israel has also learned to do something in this area,
        but the South Koreans did much better. They make
        and tracked chassis, and towers, and trunks. And our Elbit-Soltam
        only trunks. Well, and guidance systems, of course.
        1. aszzz888 18 January 2020 05: 59 New
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          Because, as I understand it, you are on the side ...
          1. voyaka uh 18 January 2020 09: 52 New
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            The tender was for tracked self-propelled guns. Elbit-Saltam participates in tenders
            on wheeled self-propelled guns on the Skoda chassis (or others). And sometimes it sells,
            but so far a little.
            1. aszzz888 18 January 2020 10: 07 New
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              voyaka uh (Alexey) Today, 09:52 ... And sometimes he sells,
              but so far a little.

              Clear. But that's another topic..
  7. lopuhan2006 18 January 2020 13: 54 New
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    Quote: neri73-r
    I’m about to overwhelm the live weight. This term came from the West and was picked up by our liberals when it was necessary to blame our army, as one of the secrets of our society. It is clear now?

    OK. Rewind. Suppose you throw out your comment because of patriotism and defense for the honor of the army. Then I, who simply stated the facts: it so happened in Russia that the shortcomings or lack of technology and equipment were compensated by throwing the notorious live weight into embrasures (as you like). I gave examples (the Chechen wars with 18-year-old boys do not need to be explained, Afghanistan is in the same spirit when BMP and BMD are cardboard and unarmored ZILs and Urals, etc., the 08.08 War. Where Tu-22 was sent to Buki at their working height the equipment did not allow other options, but the main backbone was T-62 against T-72 among Georgians, it’s another matter who disposed of this potential). So what am I wrong and picked up on the liberals? In the context of the mentality of the Indians, I used live weight. There you know a different attitude towards death, as well as towards life (not good and not bad, but it's just their choice). You immediately cliche with rya-yelling about diarrhea on the army. Maybe a little need to be critical (which does not negate respect) to our army, and especially to its leadership (the fish starts from the head). It is from the leadership and com structure that our army depends, and not from the Internet and our disputes. Were there bad people who fought in Chechnya? Or in Syria now? But the command is different and the result is appropriate.