Two BAE Systems M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer (ULH) gun systems will take centrestage at the 11th edition of DefExpo in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh between 5-9 February 2020. The two M777 ULH systems signify the 145-gun agreement between the US and Indian governments to strengthen India’s artillery capabilities. Under the agreement, 120 ULH systems are being assembled, integrated and tested in India by Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd. (MDSL), as part of the ‘Make in India’ programme. To date, BAE Systems has produced and delivered 25 guns to the Indian Army, with another 70-plus planned for 2020.
In addition, the BAE Systems stand at DefExpo 2020 (R32, Hall 7, UK Pavilion) will exhibit an array of state-of-the-art capabilities, including towed and self-propelled artillery, naval gun systems and ships, ammunitions, unmanned autonomous systems and precision munitions.
Dave Armstrong, BAE Systems’ Group Business Development Director, said: “India is a strategic market for BAE Systems, and DefExpo 2020 will provide the company with the ideal platform to showcase the deep collaboration and commitment that exist with the Indian government and across industry, highlighted best by the ongoing success of the M777 ULH programme.”
Nik Khanna, BAE Systems’ Managing Director India, added: “BAE Systems is proud to be a founding partner of defence manufacturing in India, and DefExpo 2020 will be a great occasion to engage further with our key Indian stakeholders – strengthening existing partnerships and exploring avenues for new ones, particularly around the Mk45 naval gun. The team also looks forward to using this opportunity to discuss the continuing development of BAE Systems’ in-country supply chain, which the company is committed to expanding.”
At DefExpo 2020, BAE Systems will exhibit a 3-D video of its Mk45 Mod 4 naval gun, the lightest, most compact, fully automatic 127mm naval gun in the world. With a dozen customers globally, including the US and UK, the 62-calibre Mk45 naval gun can provide a firing range of 13 nautical miles with conventional munitions.