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Af­ter mul­ti­ple twists and turns, the Min­istry of De­fence has fi­nally dis­patched a let­ter of re­quest (LoR) to the Pen­tagon for the sup­ply of 145 BAE Sys­tems M777 ul­tra-light how­itzer (ULH) guns. The for­eign mil­i­tary sales (FMS) deal is ex­pected to be worth roughly $650 mil­lion (`3,250 crore). Ac­cord­ing to the orig­i­nal no­ti­fi­ca­tion to the US Congress in 2010, the package also in­cludes laser in­er­tial ar­tillery point­ing sys­tems (LINAPS), war­ranty, spare and re­pair parts, sup­port and test equip­ment, pub­li­ca­tions and tech­ni­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion, main­te­nance, per­son­nel train­ing and train­ing equip­ment, the US Government and con­trac­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance, en­gi­neer­ing and lo­gis­tics sup­port ser­vices, and other re­lated el­e­ments of lo­gis­tics sup­port.

The ULHs will be eas­ily trans­portable by heavy-lift heli­copter or trans­port air­craft—in fact the CH-47F Chi­nook which the IAF has se­lected for its heavy heli­copter com­pe­ti­tion is ca­pa­ble of trans­port­ing a M777 as an un­der slung load—one of the many re­quire­ments put down by the In­dian Army for its light gun re­quire­ment. The M777 will be de­ploy­able in the North­ern and East­ern sec­tors. The deal car­ries a 30 per cent off­sets re­quire­ment. —SP’s Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent For com­plete ver­sions log on to:


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