First modern artillery guns, howitzers, to land in India tomorrow

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In India, "M-777 ultra-light howitzers" has shown up which are a part of 145-gun order.

The last time the army inducted a modern artillery gun was in the late 1980s, when Bofors were purchased by a Swedish company Bofors AB. There's a plan to own around five kinds of artillery guns under the modernization plan for 22,000 crore. The Army would use the first two guns for firing its ammunition to prepare its "range table", sources told DH.

Totally, the military is going to import almost 25 M-777s from the BAE systems directly. The M777 is described by BAE Systems as "a 155-mm 39-calibre towed gun".

Out of 145, 120 howitzers will be produced in the country under the India government's ambitious Make in India initiative. It is as a part of the offsets bond.

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In the first modern 155mm artillery guns to be inducted by the Army since the 1980s, two of the 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers ordered from the USA will touch down here on Thursday morning. The M777 howitzers, with a range of 30 km or even more in assisted mode and being easier to transport than the competition, are great for deployment in hilly terrains across the borders.

The government in a statement said, "Two M 777 A-2 (Indian) Ultra Light Howitzars arrived today for the preparation of firing tables". The M777s would increase Indian Army's ability in high altitudes.

The guns were earlier expected to arrive in June. With two infantry divisions geared for mountain warfare, and associated artillery, air defence and armoured brigades, the 17 Corps will be fully in place with 90,274 troops by 2021. Moreover, it can be transported to the battlefield, slung under heavy-lift helicopters like the Chinook, which India has signed to acquire from the US.