Indian Army has received two of the 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers from BAE Systems. The two 155mm/39 caliber ultra light howitzers (ULH) is being tested at the Pokhran field firing range in Pakistan. This is the first induction of the howitzers after the Bofors scandal broke out around 30 years ago in the late 1980s. The scandal had badly hit the artillery modernisation of the Indian Army as all deals for this purpose were put on hold. A few high-profile people in the country had allegedly received kickbacks in the deal.
Here are 10 things you should know about the M-777 ultra-light howitzers to be used by Indian Army:
1. The M777 howitzers come with laser inertial artillery pointing systems (LINAPS), maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services.
2. The M777 howitzers weigh around 4200 kg and can be moved easily in the rugged terrains because of its modular design. Built with titanium and aluminium alloys, the M777 howitzers can be deployed at high altitudes with the help of helicopters like Chinook.
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