100 more K-9 Vajra guns for the Indian Army

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) Ministry has initiated the process for the procurement of 100 more K-9 Vajra tracked self-propelled howitzers for the Indian Army which are built in India by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) using technology transferred from South Korean defence major Hanwha Defence based on its K-9 Thunder.

The MoD has already issued the Request For Proposal (RFP) to L&T in November 2022. Once they respond to it, the contract negotiations will begin for the same.

Earlier in 2017, L&T had won the Rs 4,500 Crore contract to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra under the ‘Make in India’ initiative to the Indian Army for which it signed a Transfer of Technology (ToT) contract with South Korean company Hanwha Corporation.

According to L&T, K9 Vajra are delivered with more than 80 percent indigenous work packages and above 50 percent indigenization (by value) at the programme level. Besides, L&T was able to deliver all the guns ahead of schedule with the last being handed to the Indian Army in February 2021.