India published a RFI for the procurement of 814 155 mm/52 caliber mounted gun systems. Indian companies can also win the upgrade of M-46 Russian artillery guns, from 130 mm to 155 mm. The RFI was published in June 2013, with a deadline for September of that year. An alteration to the RFI was released in December this year with the deadline of 24.12.2014. The tender is estimated at $ 2.5 billion.
The companies competing for the tender are "Bharat Forge", a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Kalyani Group, "Tata Power SED", a joint venture between the Indian company TATA and Denel of South Africa, and "Larsen & Toubro", a joint venture between the French company Nexter and Indian company Ashok Leyland. Also to participate in the tender are the Russian company "Rosoboronexport", UK's "BAE Systems" and General Dynamics of the US.
According to the website army-technology , the first 100 guns will be bought off the shelf from the original equipment manufacturer, while the remaining 714 will be manufactured in India. According to India Today, the replacement of the mounted gun systems is a phase in the process to replace all 2000 guns of India, in a total cost of $ 6.6 billion. A comprehensive article about India's artillery can be found at eurasiareview .
The article was written in collaboration with idpsentinel.