Indian-made weapon systems on display during Army’s ‘Topchi’ exercise

The event took place at the School of Artillery, Devlali, Maharashtra.

Nashik, Maharashtra:

The locally made weapon systems were the culmination of the Indian Army’s ‘Exercise Topchi’, an annual firepower display and training exercise conducted at the Devlali Gunnery School in Sunday. Maharashtra.

The mega event was held under the leadership of Lt Gen S Harimohan Iyer, AVSM, Commandant School of Artillery and Col Commandant Regiment of Artillery.

“The event shows the capability of the Indian artillery. This year we have emphasized ‘Atmanirbharata’ (self-reliance). All the gun systems and other equipment on display today show the capability of the Indian industry,” Lt. Gen. Iyer said. .

The guns and other systems, be it the K-9 Vajra, the Dhanush system or the M777 gun system, were all assembled in India, he said.

The SWATHI remotely piloted vehicle radar system was made in India and is comparable to any such system in the world, the army official said.

“I am happy that we are heading towards ‘Atmanirbharata’ with enthusiasm and that the Indian army and artillery regiment are ready to meet any challenge,” Lt. Gen. Iyer told reporters.

The Dhanush gun system arrived four months ago and by the end of the year five regiments of Dhanush will be included in the Indian artillery, he added.

This edition of “Exercise Topchi” featured the integrated employment of firepower and surveillance assets to include guns, mortars, rockets, drones and aviation assets.

In line with ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, the highlight of the exercise was the display and firing by locally made artillery equipment i.e. K-9 Vajra, Dhanush, Field Gun System Indian (IFG) / light gun (LFG) and Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher.

The event was attended by student officers from the Defense Services Staff College, Wellington, Defense Services Technical Staff Course, Pune, United States Command and Staff College Nepal army and civil administration officers.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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