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India and South Korea will on Friday ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the Defence Industry Cooperation in Shipbuilding. View more at #Hindustan360.

India and South Korea will on Friday ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the Defence Industry Cooperation in Shipbuilding. Secretary Defence Production Ashok Kumar Gupta from India and Minister of Defence Acquisition and Programme Administration from Republic of Korea Chang Myoung Jin will be signing the documents.

L&T with HTW

Earlier in the day, Indian engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Hanwa Techwin of South Korea signed a contract to manufacture the K9 Vajra-T tracked self propelled artillery guns for the Indian Army.

Engineering conglomerate Larsen and Toubro inked a deal with South Korean defence major Hanwha Techwin (HTW) on Friday to jointly manufacture over 100 self- propelled howitzers for Indian Army at a cost of nearly Rs 4,500 crore.

The first batch of the 155mm/52 Cal Tracked Self Propelled (SP) gun — K9 VAJRA-T — will be delivered later this year and the entire supply will be made within a span of 42 months. While 10 guns will be directly brought from South Korea, 90 will be manufactured in L&T’s Strategic Systems Complex in Talegaon near Pune.

The K9 VAJRA-T gun is an enhanced version of HTW’s K9 Thunder which is known as one of the best performing self- propelled howitzers in the world. At a function to sign the deal, South Korea’s Minister for Defence Acquisition Chang Myoung Jin said his country would like to significantly expand defence ties with India as envisaged during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Seoul in 2015.

“This contract marks an important milestone in L&T’s defence business journey and in our relationship with Hanwha Techwin. It will create synergies not only for this programme but also for upcoming Indian and global programmes,” said Patil.

Exporting K9 VAJRA-T to other countries

L&T also has initiated the process for setting up a greenfield manufacturing line at Gujrat’s Hazira to produce K9 VAJRA-T guns. Patil said L&T will not only manufacture K9 VAJRA-T in India, with over 50% indigenous content, but also provide life support to the army with the weapon. L&T said the contract is a result of nearly a decade long close relationship and joint efforts of the two companies on the programme, through extensive user evaluation and field trials followed by contract negotiations with the Ministry of Defence.

Addressing the gathering, South Korean envoy Cho Hyun said a new government will assume charge in South Korea by early May and hoped defence ties between India and his country will deepen further. He also referred to the latest nuclear test by North Korea, saying his country has a troubled neighbour due to which South Korea has to focus majorly on defence preparedness.

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