First M777 howitzers by September
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.