Two of the 145 M-777 artillery guns reached India from the US on May 18
The Indian Army is set to get its first modern 155mm artillery guns since the 1980s. Two of the 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers reached India on May 18.
“In fulfillment of the United States’ Foreign Military Sale of 145 M777 ultra-lightweight howitzer to India, we are pleased to confirm that the first two weapon systems will land in India ahead of schedule over this weekend,” a BAE Systems spokesman had said.
The air-portable gun with a maximum range of 30 km is being manufactured by BAE Systems. BAE will deliver 25 guns and rest 120 will be assembled in India by Mahindra.
India had signed the Letter of Agreement and Acceptance (LOA) with the US to purchase 145 M777 ultra-light artillery guns, through the foreign military sale (FMS) route on November 30, 2016.
This induction comes three decades after the Bofors scandal broke out nearly 30 years ago. The scandal had derailed all plans for technology transfer and indigenous manufacture.
The Army has been demanding high-calibre howitzers like M-777 with a strike range of 24 to 40 kilometres for the last 15 years, as a part of their Rs 22,000-crore modernisation plan.
The ultralight howitzer will add much needed firepower to the Indian Army in the eastern mountainous border with China.