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M777 Howitzers ordered for India

13th January 2017 - 13:30 by The Shephard News Team

M777 Howitzers ordered for India

BAE Systems has been awarded a $542 million contract by the US government to manufacture and deliver 145 M777 ultra-lightweight howitzers to the Indian Army, the company announced on 12 January.

The M777s are being supplied to India under a foreign military sales agreement between the US and Indian governments. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in June 2017.

Joe Senftle, vice president and general manager of weapon systems at BAE Systems, said: ‘We look forward to working with the Indian Army and providing the only battle-proven 155mm ultra-lightweight howitzer in the world. The M777 will give the Indian Army superior artillery capability.

‘M777 will remain at the forefront of artillery technology well into the future through the use of technical insertions, long-range precision guided munition developments, and flexible mobility options.’

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