PM Inaugurates L&T’s Defence Manufacturing Unit in Surat

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the country’s first armored system complex (ASC), built by a private company at Hazira in Surat.

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) will soon start manufacturing the K9 Vajra Self Propelled Howitzer guns at the complex.  

The company had won the Rs 4,500-crore contract from the Ministry of Defence two years ago to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army under the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, reported The Indian Express.

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“I congratulate the entire team of Larsen & Toubro for building the state-of-the-art K-9 Vajra Self Propelled Howitzer. This is a significant contribution towards India’s defence sector and protecting the country by boosting ‘Make in India’ in the defence sector is our endeavour. I am glad that the private sector too is supporting this pursuit and making a valuable contribution,” the Prime Minister tweeted after the inauguration.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and A M Naik, Minister of Defence Acquisition of the Republic of Korea Wang Jung Hong and L&T Group Chairman A M Naik were present on the occasion. 

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