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.S Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a Foreign Military Sale of 145 state-of-the-art 155mm towed Howitzers worth $885 million to India.
In 2012, Indian government has at long last approved the M-777 howitzer deal nearly 27 years after the controversial sale of the howitzers from Switzerland-based AB Bofors scandalized the country.
BAE Systems was awarded the contract last year to supply the light weight howitzers to India. Known as the Excalibur has a maximum range of 40km and accuracy of 10m. The M777 matches the firepower of current generation 155mm towed systems at less than half the weight. The Howitzer is equipped with a 39-calibre barrel. The muzzle velocity (at Charge 8 super) is 827m/s.
The Towed Artillery Digitization (TAD) artillery improvement package including a digital fire control system with onboard ballistic computation, navigation, pointing and self-location, providing greater accuracy and faster reaction times. TAD also includes a powered projectile rammer, a breech mounted laser ignition system, replacing conventional chemical primers and electric drives for the howitzer’s traverse and elevation.
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-based Tata Group is expected to unveil the country’s first indigenously developed 155 mm howitzer in New Delhi today. Tata’s defense subsidiary Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division (SED) developed the gun this year which can be mounted on an eight-wheeled Tata truck for enhanced performance
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
After consistently having failed to acquire howitzers following the Bofors scandal two decades ago, the Indian Army has placed orders for 100 artillery guns with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). In the last two decades, the Army’s attempt to procure different types of howitzers has failed due to various political reasons in the country
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Jan. 22 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of 145 M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers with Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems (LINAPS) and associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $647 million
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
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
Indias Ministry of Defense and Bharat Dynamics Limited have signed a deal for the delivery of T-90 tank missiles manufactured under Russian license to the Indian army, according to The Hindu. Under the terms of the $470 million contract, BDL will deliver Invar missiles to be combined with T-90 tanks within the next five years
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