India USA Deal for 145 Artillery Guns

India has signed a $750 million government-to-government deal for 145 M-777 Ultra-Light Howitzers with the US.

The deal was signed under the US Foreign Military Sales programme.

The deal signed after years of negotiations is the first major artillery deal signed by India after Bofors scandal of the late 1980s. The two nations were discussing the deal to buy BAE Systems´ M777 ultra-lightweight guns since 2012.

As per the deal, the manufacturer BAE Systems will deliver 25 guns in ready-to-use condition and the remaining 120 guns will be assembled in India. Earlier in February 2016.

India-US MCG is a forum established to progress Defence Cooperation between HQ Integrated Defence Staff and US Pacific Command at the strategic and operational levels. It will be used by the army’s mountain artillery divisions along India’s high-altitude frontiers.

The gun is manufactured by BAE Systems’ Global Combat Systems division.
It is a howitzer with a maximum range of 30 kilometres (17 miles).

Last time, India purchased howitzers in 1986 in form of Bofors by the Swedish arms giant AB Bofors. Later, the Rs. 1500 crore deal was caught in corruption allegations.