India signs M777 howitzers
SP's MAI|December 1-15, 2016

BAE Systems to deliver 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers

Deal Going to be worth ₹5,000 crore

BAE Systems makes commitment of $200 million in Indian defence suppliers.

R. Chandrakanth

BAE Systems in a statement has welcomed the signed letter of agreement and acceptance for Indian M777 howitzers. It stated “India will join the US, Canadian and Australian forces in gaining the M777’s unmatched strategic and tactical mobility.”

“We look forward to providing the Indian Army with the combat-proven M777,” said Dr Joe Senftle, Vice President and General Manager for Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. “Our plan to establish a domestic assembly, integration and test facility, further demonstrates our commitment to ‘Make in India’ and remains a firm part of our strategy to work with the Indian defence sector across air, land, sea and security.”

BAE Systems signing the contract in the coming weeks with the US Department of Defense to supply the howitzers to the Indian Army. BAE Systems said that the M777 howitzers were half the weight of other 155mm towed howitzers. The M777 will provide rapid reaction capability. It has a proven pedigree that delivers decisive firepower when needed most in sustained combat conditions.

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