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Sharang - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore


What’s in news?

Indigenously upgraded Sharang 155 mm gun system will be inducted in the Indian Army.

Key data’s:

  • The upgraded Sharang 155 mm gun system was handed over to the Indian Army at Defence Expo which is being held in Lucknow.
  • Manufactured by: The Sharang was developed indigenously by the “Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)”.
  • OFB handed over Sharang to the Indian Army – an upgraded gun system to 155mm and 45 calibre up-gunning based on the Army’s tender.
  • Test fire: The gun was successfully test-fired in the month of January 2020 at the Long Proof Range (LPR) firing range of Khamaria in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Range: The firepower of gun has been increased to 39 km from 27 km.
  • GCF: The Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) in Jabalpur had won the global contract to upgrade the Sharang artillery gun, and it was done with the help of the state-owned ordnance factories, and teams from the Indian Army and DRDO.
  • Advantage: The upgraded gun system {Sharang} is robust reliable and cost effective and has excellent export potential.
  • Other weapons in the expo:
    • Alpha Carbine: Along with JVPC Alpha Carbine would be inducted which is designed with enhanced reliability and accuracy.
    • Barrel Grenade Launcher Ammunition: The 40×46 mm launcher was indigenously developed by the Ammunition Factory Khadki, Pune, was also launched on the occasion.
  • MoU signed: Indian Army and IITM was also signed for “Contract for Acquisition of Research Services (CARS)” to secure expertise in the area of Research and Development of Ammunition. 


  • Sharang is the first 130mm M-46 artillery gun with the original strike range of 27 km.
  • It is an upgraded version of Soviet-era 130 mm/52 calibre M-46 field guns. 

Data to know:

  • In November 2018, the Army inducted its first modern artillery guns systemM-777 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULH), K9 Vajra-T self-propelled artillery guns.
  • The Army has the older, battle-proven Bofors 155mm guns in service.

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