The Indian ministry of defence (MoD) has apparently cleared all the pending queries on the manufacturer of the M-777 ultra-light Howitzers - regarding the proposed acquisition for 145 of these artillery guns, but the deal with the US through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme will not be inked yet.
According to various reports, the deal may not be signed until a new government is in place later this year.
One of the reasons for the delay in the Howitzer artillery deal is the upcoming elections in India, plus the defence expenditure for the current fiscal year is believed to be minimal. The validity of the Letter of Acceptance issued by the US government had lapsed on October 15, 2013, leaving India with no choice but to re-negotiation, with a fresh Letter of Acceptance issued by US.
In addition, BAE Systems had suspended the production line of the M-777 ULHs on October 17.
India has not bought artillery guns since the Bofors deal in 1986. The Defence Acquisition Council — of the ministry of defence (MoD) — had in 2013 approved the proposed acquisition which was initially estimated to cost about 3,500 crore but could cost significantly more than that now.
The Ultra-Light Howitzers are expected to be stationed in the Northern sector and North-east in the areas bordering China and is expected to dramatically boost the firepower of the Indian Army.
As tensions continue to rise along the India-Pakistan border after India accused its neighbor of firing and killing five Indian soldiers last week, New Delhi is said to be in its final leg of procuring the much-anticipated howitzers. The U
L&T and Rosoboronexport are now in direct competition to supply 100 self-propelled howitzers to the Indian Army in a deal expected to be worth over Rs 2,000 crore. The contest to supply the howitzers to the Army and the trials of the two guns are slated to begin in June-July time-frame this year, according to reports
The Indian Army is planning to procure 100 self-propelled artillery howitzers and three Indian vendors, including two private companies, have been selected for equipment trials, Defence Minister A K Antony said on Monday. In a written reply to the Parliament, Antony said the recent amendment to Defence Procurement Procedure-2011 aims at giving higher preference to indigenous capacity in the defence sector
India in expected to issue a request to the U.S Government this month for the sale of 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers worth $660 million for the Indian Army
The Indian government has at long last approved the M-777 howitzer deal aimed at improving the eastern sector conditions along the Chinese border on Friday, according to local media reports. The Indian Ministry of Defense will purchase M-777 ultra light howitzers from the U
Indias removal of Denel from its blacklist and the cancellation of a deal to buy 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers from BAE Systems has thrown open its howitzer procurement programs. The Indian Army has been petitioning the government for over a decade for rapid procurement of artillery guns
Indias long-pending howitzer procurement deal could bite the dust with the Defense Ministry citing the “artillery guns are way too expensive to buy for the new Army divisions”. According to the Times of India, no final decision has been taken yet, but there is "no way" 145 BAE Systems M-777 ultra-light howitzers could be bought for over $800 million
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