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Kolkata: Ordinance Factory Board (OFB), headquartered in Kolkata, has received the bulk production clearance from Indian Army for the production of Dhanush~ the first indigenous long-range artillery gun.

The clearance came on 18 February, four days since 44 CRPF jawans were killed in a terror attack at Pulwama in Kashmir.

In all, the Army and the Defence ministry have given clearance for production of 114 Dhanush. It is the first 155mm x 45 calibre artillery gun that will be indigenously produced in India.

Dhanush comes equipped with inertial navigation-based sighting system, auto-laying facilityonboard ballistic computation and an advanced day and night direct firing system.

The self-propulsion unit allows the gun to negotiate and deploy itself in mountainous terrains with ease.

Dhanush has been mechanically upgraded to fire standard NATO 155 mm ammunition and can accommodate both boll bags and the bi-modular charge system.

It has been electronically upgraded to meet all warfare requirements, a Defence ministry statement said.