GCF Jabalpur’s indigenously-upgraded CiWS 40mm smart anti-aircraft gun clears technical trials
By Ashish Rajput :
The GCF has developed the Close-in-Weapon System ‘Smart Gun’ by modifying the Swedish L-70 gun in technical collaboration with Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL).
THE Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) Jabalpur’s indigenously upgraded CiWS 40mm Smart anti-aircraft gun has successfully accomplished the technical trials. The GCF has developed the Close-in-Weapon System ‘Smart Gun’ by modifying the Swedish L-70 gun in technical collaboration with Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL). The advanced anti-aircraft gun has enhanced firing capacity, targeting accuracy and night vision competence. GCF, Additional GM and Spokesperson, Sanjay Shrivastava, while taking to ‘The Hitavada’, confirmed that the CiWS 40mm smart anti-aircraft gun has recently accomplished the technical evolution trials. Along with the joint venture of GCF and BEL, the smart gun systems have been simultaneously developed by L&T and Bharat Forge. After the technical trials further process are underway. The indigenous gun system passed through rigorous field trials in extreme climatic conditions in Pokharan and Balasore firing ranges. Price bidding for the induction of gun will be soon taken place. Source added that the Swedish guns have been upgraded with installation of Electro Optical Fire Control System to Video Tracking System to enhance its firing capacity and accuracy of hitting its target.
The gun is efficient to hit aircrafts even in night hours. The electronic gun operating system and video tracking system have been development in collaboration with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). It may be mentioned that the Gun Carriage Factory has already upgraded the 145 calibre Swedish Bofors Gun that has been named as Dhanush while research and development works are underway to develop another 152 calibre gun. The successful upgradation of another Swedish gun added another feather to the cap of GCF while several other projects for upgradation of old patterned guns are underway for providing better defence equipments to the security forces. Upgraded models of anti-aircraft guns will be soon handed over to the Indian Army for strengthening security of national borders.