Indian army gets first artillery guns from US

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After the Bofors scandal that unfolded in the late 1980s, India on Thursday received two M777 A-2 (Indian) Ultra Light Howitzars.

The two 155mm/39 caliber ultra light howitzers will be firing at the Pokhran field firing range in Rajasthan.

The 145 M 777 purchase deal involves an expenditure of 700 million dollars. The remaining 120 guns will be imported in parts and assembled on Indian territory.

Further, the army is going to make use these air portable cannons for bolstering the defenses against high-altitude places like China.

The Indian Army is in dire need of ULH and India had struck a government-to-government deal with the USA in November past year for supply of the 145 howitzers at a cost of almost Rs 5,000 crore. The M777 is described by BAE Systems as "a 155-mm 39-calibre towed gun".

After a gap of 31 years, Indian military is acquiring 145 modern artillery guns from BAE Systems for $737 million.

He said after firing tables are ready, three more guns will be received in the second stage in September 2018 for training. These guns, which will equip seven artillery regiments, are capable of firing at a range of 24 to 40 km, depending on the type of ammunition used.

"We continue to support the United States government in integrating its weapon systems with the Indian Army's artillery modernisation programme", the report quoted an official of the company as saying.

The guns were expected to arrive in the June. As per the plans, Indian army is going to make use of the three for training objective.

Mahindra Defence will be in charge of assembling, integrating and testing the guns at the AIT facility.

Since M-777 can be carried by Chinook helicopters - which too India is buying from the U.S. - they can be quickly moved to areas close to the border.

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