India PM inaugurates L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex
January 21, 2019 – The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has inaugurated the country’s first Armoured Systems Complex (ASC) in the private sector, built by the Indian construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T).
The new facility, located within L&T’s 755-acre Hazira Manufacturing Complex in Surat, Gujarat, will manufacture and integrate advanced armoured platforms such as Self-Propelled Artillery Howitzers, Future Infantry Combat Vehicles (FICV), Future Ready Combat Vehicles (FRCV) or Future Main Battle Tanks.
Currently, the facility is working on the ‘K9 Vajra-T’ 155mm / 52 calibre Tracked, Self-Propelled Howitzer Guns program, which is touted to be the largest contract awarded to a private company by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India under the Make in India initiative.
Sprawling over a 40-acre site, the ASC includes a facility with high-end machinery and automation aids, feeder shops, and a full-fledged mobility Test Tracks for acceptance and qualification of armoured vehicles.
The ‘K9 Vajra-T’ Howitzer Program includes the supply of 100 systems in 42 months with an associated Engineering Support Package (ESP) covering spares, documentation and training and Maintenance Transfer of Technology (MToT) to the Army Base Workshop to support the Howitzer regiments throughout their life cycle.
Ten systems have been already delivered ahead of schedule and the remaining 90 will be supplied by the ASC within the next 22 months.
“The ‘K9 Vajra-T’ systems are being delivered with 50% indigenous content (by value) which includes 75% indigenous work packages at the Program level and involves local production of over 13,000 component s per gun system through a supply chain of about 400 local Tier 1 manufacturers with over 100 from the MSME segment,” L&T said in a statement.
L&T Group chairman A M Naik said: “L&T’s Hazira Manufacturing Complex was envisaged in the 1980s as the manufacturing hub for heavy equipment manufacturing projects catering to nuclear power, oil and gas, process plants and defence sectors.
“The world-class facility has been at the forefront of technology to meet various infrastructure, industrial and defence needs of the nation. The Armoured Systems Complex at Hazira adds another feather in the cap of L&T’s global manufacturing ecosystem and serves to build India’s Defence requirements.”
L&T CEO and MD S N Subrahmanyan said: “L&T is the leading private sector defence company and has been meeting needs of the Indian defence industry for past three decades.
“It is our endeavour to deliver advanced armoured platforms to suit requirements of the Indian Army and this facility will further the company’s vision to be the leader across Defence segments where our presence exist.
“L&T has been supplying critical high technology equipment to the Indian Navy from Hazira and the ASC will now, in addition, address the needs of the Indian Army and friendly Nations to whom Govt of India promotes Defence Manufacturing Partnership.”