First M777 how­itzers by Septem­ber

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence Inindia -

Ac­cord­ing to BAE Sys­tems, a first batch of five M777 ul­tra­light how­itzers are likely to be de­liv­ered to the In­dian Army by Septem­ber 2018 while the re­main­ing 140 guns or­dered would be de­liv­ered in batches from June 2019. The in­duc­tion rate from June next year is ex­pected to be five guns per month till the com­plete con­sign­ment is re­ceived by mid-2021. Made of ti­ta­nium, each gun weighs 4, 000 kg. al­low­ing its lift by CH-47 Chi­nook he­li­copters in moun­tain­ous ter­rain and thereby en­hanc­ing mobility at high al­ti­tude.

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