The army chief, General Deepak Kapoor has indicated that the long-pending artillery guns procurement may be further delayed due to the ongoing investigations into the corruption scandal involving former Ordinance Factory Board Director General Sudipta Ghosh.
“Till the time CBI is able to carry out detailed investigations, there will be a delay. To that extent, it will affect the acquisition of ultralight howitzers,” said General Kapoor.
Singapore Technologies was in the running for US $ 650 million 155 mm ultra-lightweight towed artillery gun gun purchase with their Pegasus, to be supplied to the Indian Army, for which field trials were said to be underway. A subsidiary of Singapore Technologies, Singapore Technologies Kinetics was bidding to provide 145 units to the army. The Pegasus is claimed to be the first self-propelled, helicopter-portable weapon of its kind and capable of firing three rounds in 24 seconds.