L&T delivers 100th 'K9 VAJRA' & completes all deliveries ahead of schedule
India's Chief of Army Staff(CoAS) General MM Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC flagged-off the 100th K9 VAJRA 155mm/52 calibre Tracked Self· Propelled Howitzer from L&T's Armoured System Complex (ASC) located at Hazira, near Surat, in the state of Gujarat.
With flag-off of the 100th Howitzer, L&T has completed delivery of all the Howitzers Beneath the current MoD contract awarded in May 2017 and has maintained its history of beforehand deliveries of complex platforms. This really is a testimony to the program management capabilities, complex system integration skills, and business's hi-tech manufacturing prowess and implementation efficiency. The Honourable Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh had flagged-off 51 st K9 VAJRA ahead of schedule in January 2020 from ASC, Hazira.
L&T Defence made the'K9 VAJRA' beneath the largest contract given to an Indian private Business from the Ministry of Defence, through global competitive bidding. L&T has been the prime bidder for the program, together with South Korean defence important Hanwha Defense, the OEM of the world's top rated Howitzer that the 'K9 Thunder', as its technology partner. Additionally, it entails Maintenance Transfer of Technology (MToT) to a military base workshop to support the Howitzers throughout their operational life cycle.
As a part of the 'Make-in-India' assignment, the Business established a green-field production Cum integration and testing facility, the 'Armoured Systems Complex' (ASC) in L&T's Hazira Manufacturing Sophisticated near Surat. The ASC was dedicated to the country by the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at January 2018.
On this event, Mr. J.D. Patil, Whole-Time Director a Senior Executive Vice President (Defence a Smart Technologies), L&T, said,"We have been honoured by the Chief of the Army Staff by calling Armoured Systems Complex to flag-off the 100th'K9 Vajra' to indicate the conclusion of the deliveries of those hi-tech manufactured efficient methods for the Indian Army. The creation of a complex platforms like the K9 VAJRA contributes to the Indian economy with a large multiplier effect, creates new job opportunities and plays a substantial part in improving India's Industrial ecosystem. Together with the expertise, track-record, skills, abilities and direction that L&T has assembled, we are ready to indigenously develop, and construct India's future capacities."
"With the shipping of K9 VAJRA Howitzer, We've created an Business benchmark by Delivering the only In-service gear of its course, a significant land-based program before schedule. We hope and believe that under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat policies of this Government of India, the federal asset created In the form of Armoured Systems Complex to execute this challenging contract, will provide sustenance to the pain stakingly constructed supply chain of more than 1000 MSME partners."
The 'K9 VAJRA' systems are delivered with over 80% native work packages and over 50 percent indigenisation (by value) in the app level. This Involves local production of over 13,000 components per system through a supply chain spread across the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
L&T has started the journey of indigenisation, right from the inception of this program, by Replacing fourteen critical systems in the Korean 'K9 Thunder' with indigenously developed and produced systems for its trial rifle fielded for consumer evaluation trials, thus giving birth to the Indian version K9 VAJRA · a bespoke solution · made for Indian functioning conditions and prerequisites.
The VAJRA version developed by L&T using India unique features emerged fully compliant to Indian Army's requirements throughout the arduous and prolonged field trials. L&T exceeded the indigenous Manufacturing content by grooming a young team of engineers and specialising them in Manufacturing integration and automation with the help of its in-house team of experts also As by training at Hanwha facilities in South Korea. Subsequently, this group coached the supply Chain partners as well as teams from L&T's five defence manufacturing units, that functioned as neighborhood Centers for the nearly 1000 supply chain partners in a hub and spoke model.