BAE AND EDT PART­NER TO DE­VELOP M777 SP AR­TILLERY SYS­TEM

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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.

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