Indian Army gets first M-777 how­itzers

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & in India -

The Indian Army has re­ceived the first two M-777 ul­tra-light how­itzers, which are part of the 145-how­itzer or­der from the US for $700 mil­lion. The Army is in the process of ac­quir­ing five dif­fer­ent types of ar­tillery guns un­der a Rs. 22,000 crore modernisation plan, the air por­ta­ble 155mm/39 cal­i­bre guns, with max­i­mum range of 30 km, be­ing man­u­fac­tured by BAE Sys­tems. An of­fi­cial of the com­pany said the guns had ar­rived ahead of sched­ule. “We con­tinue to sup­port the US gov­ern­ment in in­te­grat­ing its weapon sys­tems with the Indian Army’s ar­tillery modernisation pro­gramme,” he added. Out of 145 guns, BAE will de­liver 25 guns and rest will be as­sem­bled in In­dia by Mahin­dra.

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