The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) Jabalpur that is in charge of the production of the indigenously upgraded Dhanush artillery guns has failed to ship 36 guns per delivery schedules that were to be done by end of the 31st March 2021.
40 more guns that were planned for this fiscal year will be unable to be delivered in the scheduled time due to lockdown and pandemic. In 2020, 18-gun regiment delivery was hit after the first wave lockdown in the country last year and only a few deliveries took place. The target production of 50 guns was set for the year 2021 but not even half of the mark was touched. This means that plans to deliver all 114 guns by the end of 2022 is highly unlikely now.
The army is holding back further orders for 400 more guns due to present production constraints at the gun carriage factory in Jabalpur, but things are improving and the present situation is better than last year.
Dhanush is a 155 mm, 45 caliber towed artillery gun with a range of 38 Km and has demonstrated a range of 38 Km with specialized ammunition.