BAE Systems at Kancheepuram
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”.