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Indian Army decommissions 2 Artillery: 130mm Self-propelled Guns & 160mm Mortars

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Indian Army DE-Commissions 130mm Self Propelled Catapult Guns and 160mm Tampella Mortars from ServiceOn 16th March 2021, Indian Army decommissioned 2 of its longest serving Artillery – 130mm Self Propelled M-46 Catapult Guns and the 160mm Tampella Mortars, after making a customary firing of their last salvos in Mahajan Field Firing Range. The decommissioning event saw the presence of Director General Artillery, Lieutenant General K Ravi Prasad.

130mm Catapult:

i.It is a hybrid Self-propelled gun developed by DRDO, by merging 2 existing weapons systems – India’s Vijayanta tank & Russian 130mm M-46 field gun.

ii.Fire Range – 27 Km

iii.Year of Induction – 1981.

iv.It was deployed in the India-Pakistan border to cater the urgent need of a Mobile Artillery gun system, after 1965 & 1971 wars.

160mm Tampella Mortars:

  • Developed by Israel.
  • Fire Range – 9.6 Km
  • Inducted into the Army after the 1962 Indo-China War.
  • Served in Line of Control – Leepa valley and the Hajipir Bowl

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India’s Land Boundary:

India shares land boundaries with 7 countries – Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan & Afghanistan.

Line of Control – India & Pakistan (at Jammu & Kashmir)
Line of Actual Control – India & China
Radcliffe Line – India & Pakistan (at Punjab)

About Indian Army:

The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Force.
Chief of Defence Staff – Bipin Rawat
Chief of Indian Army – Manoj Mukund Naravane
Motto – “Service Before Self”