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New Delhi: The indigenized and advanced version of Bofors 155mm howitzer is headed for more trials before it is finally inducted in the Indian Army, informed sources said.

The sources told IANS that the 155/45mm calibre Dhanush gun, which was found satisfactory in the trials last year, is now undergoing confirmatory trials which are likely to end by early 2016. The Dhanush is a modified version of the Bofors howitzers that India bought in mid-1980s. It underwent winter trial in 2013-14 and summer trials in 2014.

While the trials were satisfactory, the army suggested some minor changes, an official said.

“The trials were largely satisfactory. But there were minor things pointed out that would make the gun more suitable for the army’s use,” a senior officer told IANS on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

“The changes have been made, and summer trials are on,” the official said, adding that the winter trials will also be repeated.

Equipment like artillery guns undergo different trials, including that for extreme climates and altitude, with India home to both high mountains and deserts along its borders with China and Pakistan.

The official said once all user trials are complete, the army will initially induct 114 guns.

The order is expected to be valued at around Rs. 1,260 crore (close to $200 million)and the guns are expected to be manufactured by Jabalpur’s Gun Carriage Factory.

The Dhanush prototype suffered a barrel burst during firing trials at Pokhran last August.

An officer, however, said the fault lay not in the gun but in the ammunition.

The blueprints for the Bofors gun were were provided by the Swedish company to India as part of the purchase of 410 FH-77 howitzers in 1986.

The modifications include an auxiliary power unit and electronic sights.

The Indian Army has not acquired artillery guns in the almost three decades since 1986.

(IANS)

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Review Comes on John Abraham and Diana Penty Starrer Pokhran

Not one shot or frame in the trailer seems to do justice to the momentous events in that small sleepy village of Rajasthan that shook the world.

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Well, look who's dropped in! None other than John Abraham with a moustache playing one of the scientists who exploded those series of historic nuclear test at Pokhran on May 11, 1998.
John Abhraham's Pokhran will release on 25th May this year, wikimedia commons

Films about desh bhakti and nationalism were so far the domain of Akshay Kumar. Well, look who’s dropped in! None other than John Abraham with a moustache playing one of the scientists who exploded those series of historic nuclear test at Pokhran on May 11, 1998.

In a voiceover brimming with self-importance we are told that this is a historic happening that needs to be revisited in the same spirit that the 1983 World Cup was celebrated.So here is the underlining assumption: that this film will put the Pokhran test-exploisions on the map of renown on a par with the 1983 World Cup.

There is just one hitch here: cricket and Pokhran are worlds apart. How many of today’s potential moviegoers are interested in knowing what really happened at Pokhran on May 11, 1998? And how capable is this film of shedding illuminating light on the events that led to India becoming a nucleur state?

The answer to both the questions is not very encouraging. Not only are today’s audiences disinterested in the subject, the treatment of the theme and the packaging of the plot in “Parmanu” smacks of amateurishness and self-glorification.

There is just one hitch here: cricket and Pokhran are worlds apart. How many of today's potential moviegoers are interested in knowing what really happened at Pokhran on May 11, 1998?
John Abhraham and Diana in Pokhran, BollywoodCountry

Not one shot or frame in the trailer seems to do justice to the momentous events in that small sleepy village of Rajasthan that shook the world.

It certainly seems to have shaken the Americans in the film. And not in a good way.There are shots of Caucasian junior artistes(as ‘American’ as Apu is ‘Indian’ in The Simpsons) fuming and foaming around their mouths bellowing, ‘We must stop them.’

I think the trailer is trying to tell us that the Americans felt enormously threatened when India exploded those test bombs. As threatened as the Britishers were when Mahatma Gandhi undertook the Salt March.

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Move over, Ben. There is competition from John.

The sequences showing the nuclear devices being assembled look pretty tacky from afar.I sincerely hope I am wrong. But so far what we see in the trailer is an extremely vapid recreation of a historic contingency that reeks of self-glorification for its leading man.

I don’t mind seeing history being manned and augmented by screen heroism. But when the basic situation is compromised by a complete poverty of imagination and insight and when the endeavour is designed to play up only one of the dramatis personae, then it’s time to worry.

Incidentally the director of “Parmanu” Abhishek Sharma earlier made a satire on Osama bin Laden. Is this also a satire by any chance? (BollywoodCountry)

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