BAE AND EDT PARTNER TO DEVELOP M777 SP ARTILLERY SYSTEM
BAE Systems has partnered with Emirates Defense Technology (EDT) to develop the M777 155mm lightweight howitzer in the UAE. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will produce a self-propelled 155mm artillery system integrating the M777 with EDT’s indigenous Enigma 8x8 armoured modular fighting vehicle for the UAE land forces. The M777 self-propelled artillery system would provide the mobile indirect fire variant with fire-and-move and precision attack capabilities. BAE Systems campaign management head Stephen Luk said: “This agreement affirms our desire for an enduring industrial partnership in the UAE. The M777’s credentials are unmatched by any other 155mm lightweight howitzer. It would provide the UAE armed forces with a high-quality howitzer that is easy to use and reliable in combat.” Weighing less than 4,218 kg, the 39-calibre gun is highly mobile on land, at sea and in the air. Nearly 1,090 M777s are in service with ground forces in the US, Canada and Australia.