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Indian Army takes delivery of two M777 A-2 Ultra Light Howitzers

M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzers: Photo: BAE Systems
M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzers: Photo: BAE Systems
The Indian Army today took delivery of two M 777 A-2 Ultra Lightweight Howitzers (ULH), which have arrived for preparation of firing tables.
 
During this event, the guns will fire 155 mm indigenous ammunition, an official press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
The release said the weapon system was contracted on November 30, 2016.  As per the contract agreement, firing tables are being prepared by the contracted agency, that is the US Government and BAE GCS Ltd with support of Indian Army. 
 
After firing tables are ready, three more guns will be received in the second stage in September 2018 for training. 
 
"Thereafter, induction will commence from March 2019 onwards at the rate of five guns per month till complete consignment is received by mid 2021," the release added.
 
This is the first major induction of artillery in the Army after a gap of three decades. India had, in the mid-1980s, inducted the Swedish Bofors guns in a deal that ended up in a major controversy over alleged kickbacks. 
 
The M777 is a 155mm 39 caliber towed gun which, through proven technology and the innovative use of titanium and aluminum alloys, meets the requirement for rapidly deployable and accurate artillery fire support.
 
According to its manufacturers, it is the world's first 155mm Howitzer weighing less than 10000 lbs (4218 kg). 
 
Highly mobile on land, at sea and in the air, the M777 has increased survivability through tactical and strategic mobility, low thermal & radar signature, rapid emplacement / displacement and low silhouette.
 
India had signed the deal with the US Government in November 2016 for 145 BAE Systems-built M777 A-2 artillery guns in a deal worth $ 737 million.
 
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