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Indian Army inducts US made precision-guided Excalibur artillery ammunition

To boost to its firepower, the Indian army has inducted US made precision-guided Excalibur artillery ammunition and indigenous Dhanush howitzer in its inventory. The announcement regarding ammunition’s induction was made in an Army Commander’s Conference.

About Excalibur Artillery Ammunition

This precision-guided Excalibur is capable to annihilate targets at extended ranges. It is capable of hitting targets within 50 kilometre range, with less than 2 metres error margin.

It is made by American company Raytheon and has been acquired by Indian army under fast track procedure.

About Dhanush Howitzer

It is a 155 mm towed howitzer (a short gun for firing shells on high trajectories at low velocities) used by Indian Army. Its design is based on Bofors Haubits FH77 which was acquired by India in 1980s.

In 2018 the development trials of gun was completed development and in 2029 its series production was approved.

Shinyuu Maitri-2019:  Indo-Japan Joint Air Force Exercise

The Indian Air Force will be carrying out a joint military exercise called ‘Shinyuu Maitri’ with Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) from 17 to 23 October 2019. The joint exercise will be held at Air Force Station, Arjan Singh in Panagarh town, West Bengal.

Within few days of India and Japan Air Force joint exercise, another drill between armies of same countries will also get underway in eastern theatre.

Key Highlights

Objective: To undertake Joint Mobility and Tactical interoperability among two forces.

Participants: IAF’s C-130 J aircraft of Special Operations Squadron of and JASDF’s C-130 H of Tactical Airlift Squadron will participate in the exercise.