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Un­der the for­eign mil­i­tary sales (FMS) pro­gramme, In­dia and the US have agreed to sign deal wherein the lat­ter will sell through BAE Sys­tems 145 M777 ul­tra-light how­itzers. The deal when signed will be worth

5,000 crore and re­port­edly the how­itzers will be de­ployed on the bor­ders, par­tic­u­larly along the Chi­nese border.

“We look for­ward to pro­vid­ing the In­dian Army with the com­bat-proven M777,” said Dr Joe Sen­f­tle, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager for Weapon Sys­tems at BAE Sys­tems. “Our plan to es­tab­lish a do­mes­tic As­sem­bly, In­te­gra­tion and Test fa­cil­ity, fur­ther demon­strates our com­mit­ment to ‘Make in In­dia’ and re­mains a firm part of our strat­egy to work with the In­dian de­fence sec­tor across air, land, sea and se­cu­rity.”

BAE Sys­tems sign­ing the con­tract in the com­ing weeks with the US De­part­ment of De­fense to sup­ply the how­itzers to the In­dian Army. BAE Sys­tems said that the M777 how­itzers were half the weight of other 155mm towed how­itzers. The M777 will pro­vide rapid re­ac­tion ca­pa­bil­ity. It has a proven pedi­gree that de­liv­ers de­ci­sive fire­power when needed most in sus­tained com­bat con­di­tions.

The con­clu­sion of this pro­cure­ment pro­gramme will en­able BAE Sys­tems to make an in­vest­ment of over $200 mil­lion in those de­fence sup­pli­ers.

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