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Ultra Light Howitzers for the Indian Army
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Issue Vol. 27.4 Oct-Dec 2012 | Date : 20 Nov , 2012

BAe's M777 155mm Lightweight Field Howitzer

In October this year, India issued Letter of Request (LoR) to the US Government projecting a requirement of 145 M777 Ultra Light Howitzers for the Army at a cost of over Rs 3,000 crore under the Foreign Military Sales programme. As per the Indian Ministry of Defence, these guns, the first artillery pieces to be inducted into the Army in the last 26 years (since the Bofors controversy) are being acquired for deployment in high altitude areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh. The M777 guns, manufactured by the BAE Systems of the US, can be airlifted easily and be used for quick deployment of assets in mountainous regions.

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