Light Weight Punch
BAE Systems M 777 155mm howitzers enters the final stages of procurement

US Army soldiers firing the M777. The 155mm Howitzer needs a crew of only 5
US Army soldiers firing the M777. The 155mm Howitzer needs a crew of only 5

The much-delayed M777 155mm Ultra-Light Howitzer (ULH) is now negotiating its way through the final stages, with evaluation of the case through a Technical Oversight Committee now underway. The order for the M777 will be placed through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route.

A Letter of Request (LoR) had been issued in November last year towards the procurement of 145 M 777 guns. The US Government responded via a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LoA) for sale of the required number of howitzers at a tentative cost of USD 694 million. The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared the purchase of the M777 in May 2012. By the time the first M777 Howitzer arrives in India it would be almost three decades since the Indian Army inducted its last modern artillery piece in the 155mm Bofors FH77B.

Last month, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of the possible sale to India of 145 M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of USD 885 million (Rs 5,300 crore). The delay in placing orders for the M777 has resulted in an increase of approximately Rs 1,000 crore, over the initial cost.
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