India’s Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved purchase of 145 M777 ultra-light howitzer guns for $750 million from US and also cleared bulk production of 18 Dhanush guns among 19 proposals included in the discussions during the meeting Saturday.
DAC reviewed large numbers of on-going schemes worth approximately INR 28,000 crore ($4.1 billion). The DAC noted satisfactory progress in the indigenous manufacture of Dhanush guns. The council has agreed on three guns for user exploitation by June 30 and three more by September end.
The DAC approved bulk production clearance of 18 guns Dhanush to enable better exploitation and setting up of indigenous manufacturing facility.
It also reviewed procurement case of SR-SAM and Very Short Range Air Defence Systems (VSHORAD) guns. It was decided to keep on-going acquisition process in multivendor situation
The council while considering AFV protection and counter measure system for T-90, directed it to be an indigenous make project to strengthen future capabilities.
The DAC approved Rs. 386 crore ($56 million) project for mode of shipyard at the navy dockyards indigenously.
It approved six next generation missile vessels at Rs. 13,600 crore ($2 billion) and five diving support craft indigenous at Rs. 150 crore($22 million).
The council approved project stimulators at Rs. 500 crores ($73 million) for and also setting up of integrated electronic warfare range at Rs. 1300 crore($191 million).
The initial price notified by the US for the M777 ultra-light howitzers in 2012 was $694 million. The manufacturer (BAE Systems) has been seeking 10 per cent hike on the four-year-old price. The negotiation price is about $750 million.
The tender will be for associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support. The gun will come with laser inertial artillery pointing systems (LINAPS), maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services.
The Army intends to use the howitzers to modernise its forces and enhance its ability to operate in hazardous conditions.
In India, the BAE Systems has tied up Mahindra as its business partner for its proposed in-country assembly, integration and test (AIT) facility for the M777 Howitzer.
BAE Systems will showcase M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer at DefExpo in Goa, India next week. In addition to the M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer, the Company will showcase the Archer 155 mm FH 77 BW L52 Self-Propelled Field Howitzer along with Hyper Velocity Projectile, 81 mm Mortar, 105 mm & 155 mm Artillery Ammunition, 120 mm Tank Ammunition and the 3P Ammo, the company said in a statement Wednesday
BAE Systems has selected Mahindra as its India partner for USD 700 million worth deal for the supply of 145 M777 howitzers, an ultralight weight artillery guns with a strike range of 25 kms. The gun deal would be through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) but the “spares, maintenance and ammunition will be operated through Indian systems”, defence sources were quoted as saying PTI today
Indias plan to procure145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39 calibre lightweight howitzers deal is being fast tracked by signing a letter of acceptance (LoA) by the Pentagon and Indian MoD. “LoA is in the process of being finalized following broad agreement on its content between the Indian MoD and the Pentagon,” Janes reported Thursday
Indias Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) on Saturday approved purchase of a $2-billion worth multi role helicopters for the countrys Navy through a direct government deal, according to a report by
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Seiler Instrument and Manufacturing was awarded a $15 million contract for procurement of 145 optical fire control kits, and associated spare parts, in support of Indian M777A2 howitzers. One bid was solicited and one bid received
The Indian Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) today finalised the broad contours of a policy aimed at engaging the Indian private sector in the manufacture of high-tech defence equipment in India. Under the policy, Indian industry partners would tie up with global OEMs to seek technology transfers and manufacturing know-how to set up domestic manufacturing infrastructure and supply chains
India on Thursday received the first two of 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers as part of the $750 million dollar contract signed with the US in November 2016. Under the contract, 25 guns will come to India in a fly-away condition (two per month will be delivered), while 120 will be assembled at the proposed assembly integration and test facility for the weapon system in India in partnership with Mahindra Defence, located in Faridabad
BAE Systems has won a $542 million contract to provide 145 M777 ultra-lightweight howitzers to the Indian Army. Work on the contract will begin immediately and be performed by BAE Systems and its suppliers across the United Kingdom, United States, and India
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