Indian Army gets M777 howitzers 30 years after Bofors scandal

Indian Army gets M777 howitzers 30 years after Bofors scandal
After a 30-year wait for new artillery guns since the Bofors scandal, the Indian Army has received the first two ultra light howitzers from the US yesterday.

This is a part of an order for 145 long-range guns which will be mostly deployed on borders. The M-777 A-2 ultra-light howitzers, ULH, having a maximum range of 30 km were being taken to Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan for test firing.

While 25 guns will come in a fly-away condition, the rest will be assembled in India by the BAE Systems in partnership with Mahindra Defense. The 155 mm, 39-calibre guns will fire Indian ammunition.

The Indian Army is in urgent need of ULH so it had proceeded through government-to-government deal with the US in November last year for supply of the 145 howitzers at a cost of nearly 5,000 crore rupees. India had last procured howitzers in the mid-1980s from Swedish defense major Bofors.

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