BAE Sys­tems at Kancheep­u­ram

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence Inindia -

Fo­cus “on part­ner­ships with In­dian com­pa­nies” is what BAE Sys­tems pro­moted at De­fExpo. Oc­cu­py­ing pride of place was the M777 Ul­tra Light­weight How­itzer, on the Gov­ern­ments of In­dia and the United States ap­proved the FMS of 145 of these weapon sys­tems for the In­dian Army in Novem­ber 2016. In ful­fil­ment of that, the first two weapon sys­tems ar­rived in In­dia ahead of sched­ule in May 2017. “En­cour­aged by Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s call to ‘ Make in In­dia’, BAE Sys­tems has awarded the de­vel­op­ment of an In­dian As­sem­bly, In­te­gra­tion and Test fa­cil­ity for the M777 to Mahin­dra and Mahin­dra. of this pro­cure­ment has paved the way for BAE Sys­tems to make an in­vest­ment of over $200 mil­lion with In­dian de­fence sup­pli­ers.”

As Nik Khanna, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor (In­dia), BAE Sys­tems stated, “In ad­di­tion to show­cas­ing the range of our ca­pa­bil­i­ties and tech­nolo­gies, the Show of­fered us a fo­cused plat­form to en­gage with our cus­tomers, users in the mil­i­tary, part­ners, sup­pli­ers and the in­dus­try at large, pro­vid­ing both di­rec­tion and mo­men­tum in our plans to ‘Make in In­dia’. To un­der­line BAE Sys­tems’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties for the naval forces, on dis­play was the Mk45Mod 4, the light­est, most com­pact, 5-inch fully au­to­matic naval gun in the world and is the most widely de­ployed to the US Navy and other al­lied navies. Also on dis­play was a wide ar­ray of mu­ni­tions in­clud­ing ver­sa­tile 57mm and 40mm pro­gram­mable 3P Ammo, BONUS 155mm sen­sor-fused am­mu­ni­tion, 105mm and 155mm ar­tillery, and 120mm tank am­mu­ni­tion, CT40 can­non, 39 Cal­i­bre gun, among oth­ers be­sides the BvS10, an ar­moured ar­tic­u­lated ve­hi­cle that is de­signed to pro­vide to­tal op­er­a­tional sup­port”.

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