Question: Prime Minister inaugurated a gun factory in which of the following place in Gujarat?
- Prime Minister was on a three day visit to the state of Gujarat. The visit was from 17th January to 19th January, 2019 where PM inaugurated various developmental projects in the state.
- Prime Minister inaugurated Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 on 18th January in Gandhinagar. Earlier he inaugurated the Vibrant Gujarat Trade Show in Gandhinagar.
- He also inaugurated Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Ahmedabad, a super-specialty public hospital built by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation having all modern amenities, including an air ambulance.
- He also inaugurated Ahmedabad Shopping Festival, first ever event of its kind. This will provide an opportunity for city enterprises to showcase their products.
Hazira Gun Factory:
- Prime Minister visited Hazira in Surat where he inaugurated the Hazira Gun (howitzer) Factory. It is built by Larsen & Tubro (L&T) and is countries first private factory in its field.
- It will manufacture K9 Vajra self propelled Howitzer guns under Make in India initiative. Earlier L&T won the contract worth Rs. 4,500 crore by Ministry of Defence for the supply of 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self propelled gun system to the Indian Army.
- This factory will also manufacture and integrate advanced armed platforms like future ready combat vehicles, infantry combat vehicles and main battle tanks.
- The Indian Army inducted two howitzers including one K9 after a gap of 3 decades. K9 Vajra is built by L&T in collaboration with a South Korean firm Hanwha Corporation..
- The K9 VAJRA-T is a variant of K9 Thunder known to be the world’s best 155mm/52 Cal.SPH in terms of number of systems in active service. Currently, K9 Thunder is serving as one of the main conventional deterrent forces for a number of armies including the Korean Army.
- K9 Thunder works effectively in extreme weather conditions, jungles, barren deserts and severely cold areas.