BAE selects Mahindra to 'Make in India'
BAE Systems has down-selected Mahindra as its partner for setting up an Assembly, Integration & Testing (AIT) facility in India for the M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer, it announced on 17 February.
India and the US are currently in discussions for a foreign military sale of 145 M777A2 LW155 howitzers for the Indian Army. BAE Systems developed and submitted a US government-supported proposal offering a higher degree of indigenisation on the M777 weapon system in 2015.
Mahindra’s selection as local partner follows a detailed selection of the company's ability to fulfil the requirements and provide the best value to the M777 India programme. BAE Systems plans to work with Mahindra to finalise details of the AIT facility and to negotiate the terms of its contractual arrangement.
Joe Senftle, vice president and general manager, weapon systems, BAE Systems, said: ‘As a founding partner of defence manufacturing in India, BAE Systems is pleased to partner with Mahindra on our offer to develop an AIT facility in India. The facility is a fundamental part of the M777 production line.
‘A domestic AIT facility will enable the Indian Army to access maintenance, spares and support for the M777 locally. We will continue to support the two governments to progress to contract agreement so that we may begin the process of ‘Make in India’ for M777.’
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