Elbit Systems could enter competition for India's future Mounted Gun System

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:15 AM
 
Elbit Systems could enter competition for India's future Mounted Gun System
According to idpsentinel website, Elbit Systems will compete in the tender for the Mounted Gun System of India, through its joint venture "Bharat Forge" with the Indian Company Kalyani. India published a RFI for the procurement of 814 155 mm/52 caliber mounted gun systems. Indian companies can also win the upgrade of M-46 Russian artillery guns, from 130 mm to 155 mm.
     
According to idpsentinel website, Elbit Systems will compete in the tender for the Mounted Gun System of India, through its joint venture "Bharat Forge" with the Indian Company Kalyani. India published a RFI for the procurement of 814 155 mm/52 caliber mounted gun systems. Indian companies can also win the upgrade of M-46 Russian artillery guns, from 130 mm to 155 mm. Elbit Systems could compete with its ATMOS 155 mm self-propelled howitzer
     
The RFI was published in June 2013, with a deadline for September of that year. An alteration to the RFI was released in December this year with the deadline of 24.12.2014. The tender is estimated at $ 2.5 billion.

The companies competing for the tender are "Bharat Forge", a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Kalyani Group, "Tata Power SED", a joint venture between the Indian company TATA and Denel of South Africa, and "Larsen & Toubro", a joint venture between the French company Nexter and Indian company Ashok Leyland. Also to participate in the tender are the Russian company "Rosoboronexport", UK's "BAE Systems" and General Dynamics of the US.

According to another website, the first 100 guns will be bought off the shelf from the original equipment manufacturer, while the remaining 714 will be manufactured in India. According to India Today, the replacement of the mounted gun systems is a phase in the process to replace all 2000 guns of India, in a total cost of $ 6.6 billion.

Elbit Systems’ ATMOS is a 155mm/52 caliber truck-mounted howitzer that offers the advantages of superior fire power, enhanced mobility and rapid response time. Highly adaptable, the modular ATMOS system is compatible with any 6x6 or 8x8 high-mobility tactical truck. ATMOS supplies fire support for all types of missions and can be easily interfaced with customers’ existing C4.I systems.

The ATMOS can be mounted on any adapted high-mobility 6x6 or 8x8 truck chassis preferred by the customer The protected cabin of the ATMOS is designed for a crew of 5-6 personnel a driver, a commander, and an additional three to four crew members along with all personal equipment and small arms. The cabin is equipped with an air conditioning system that is capable of both heating and cooling Superior firepower capabilities - The ATMOS achieves ranges exceeding 40km with ERFB-BB ammunition and suitable propelling charge. Designed
specifically for rapid deployment and operation on difficult terrain, the ATMOS’s shoot-and-scoot capabilities are supported by an integrated electronic suite incorporating an INS-based laying system, as well as an automatic loading system that reduces crew effort. The ATMOS can fire all types of qualified 155mm ammunition, projectiles and charges that are in use by NATO and other countries. On board containers
store a minimum of 18 rounds, including projectiles,propellants and fuzes.

(Source: IsraelDefense)
 

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