Baba Kalyani, chairman and managing director of the Kalyani group, in his recent interview to a News Portal, said that Ultra Light Long Range Artillery developed by Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) is heading for firing trials this year in May-June.
KSSL developed 155mm 39 calibre towed Howitzer gun is similar to M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULHs) produced by the US-based BAE Systems which was recently procured by India.
India procured 145 M-777 A-2 ultra-light howitzers (ULH) in a $750-million contract signed with the US Government in a direct Government-to-Government Deal to increase the army’s capabilities in high altitude in the northern and eastern sectors facing China.
155mm 39 calibre towed Howitzer gun provides superior tactical mobility and can be underslung from helicopters and swiftly deployed in high-altitude areas. KSSL Believes Indian army will require more than 145 Guns for High altitude operations and Indigenous 155/39 will be able to complement M-777 and also emerge cheaper alternative for additional procurement in near future.
KSSL in collaboration with USA based Mandus Group used Titanium and Aluminium based alloys to keep them lighter like M777.