Friday, December 2, 2016

India US Sign Landmark Deal For 145 M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer Artillery Guns

15TH India-Us Military Cooperation Group Meeting

A two-day meeting of the 15th India-US Military Cooperation Group (MCG) began here today. 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.
The meeting commenced with the US Co-Chair Lt Gen David H Berger, Commander US Marine Corps Forces, Pacific calling on Lt Gen Satish Dua, CISC, HQ IDS. The MCG meeting is Co-Chaired by Air Marshal AS Bhonsle DCIDS (Ops), HQ IDS.
A 26 member delegation from the US Defence Forces and several Officers from the three Services HQ and HQ IDS representing the Indian side are attending the bilateral event.

BAE Systems Welcomes Signed Letter of Agreement and Acceptance for Indian M777 Howitzers

BAE Systems welcomes the news that the Governments of India and the U.S. have agreed on the Foreign Military Sale of 145 M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzers.

India will join the U.S., Canadian and Australian forces in gaining the M777’s unmatched strategic and tactical mobility.

“We look forward to providing the Indian Army with the combat-proven M777,” said Dr. Joe Senftle, vice president & general manager for Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. “Our plan to establish a domestic Assembly, Integration and Test facility further demonstrates our commitment to ‘Make in India’ and remains a firm part of our strategy to work with the Indian defense sector across Air, Land, Sea and Security.”

The Company anticipates signing a contract in the coming weeks with the U.S. Department of Defense to supply these M777 Howitzers to the Indian Army, providing them with superior artillery capability.

At half the weight of other 155mm towed howitzers, the M777 provides a rapid reaction capability and a proven pedigree that delivers decisive firepower when needed most in sustained combat conditions.

With more than 1,090 M777s in service, it is the only battle-proven 155mm Ultra-lightweight howitzer in the world. It will remain at the forefront of artillery technology well into the future through the use of technical insertions, long-range precision guided munition developments, and flexible mobility options.

Earlier this year, encouraged by Prime Minister Modi’s call to “Make in India”, BAE Systems announced a plan to establish an Assembly, Integration & Testing (AIT) facility in India which will expand our global supply chain and is an integral part of the offset offer to the Government of India.

The offset offer commits to investing in, and the development of, a number of Indian defence suppliers, providing them with access to the BAE Systems group across Air, Land, Sea and Security programs. The conclusion of this procurement will enable BAE Systems to make an investment of over $200 million in those Indian defence suppliers.
Statement by U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma on the M777 Howitzer Acquisition

New Delhi -- Yesterday, India and the United States signed a landmark deal for 145 M777 howitzer artillery guns.  Indian industry will partner with the U.S. defense subsidiary of BAE Systems to locally assemble, integrate, and test the howitzers, supporting Prime Minister Modi’s Make-in-India campaign.  This deal marks a major step forward in the U.S.-India defense relationship and supports jobs in both our countries.  As Major Defense Partners, the United States and India remain committed to enhancing military modernization efforts and building a security partnership based on trust, transparency, and shared interests.  The M777 is a state-of-the-art, lightweight howitzer that will provide the Indian Army with advanced capabilities.
In Parliament : Ultra Light Howitzers

Under the terms of the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) signed with the US Government for supply of 145 ULH, 25 guns will be inducted in Fully Formed condition and the balance 120 guns will be assembled in India. Government has placed an indent on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for procurement of Qty. 114 155-MM Dhanush artillery guns.

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for procurement of integrated Tracked Self Propelled (SP) 155mm artillery guns on 26.02.2008.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri B Senguttuvan in Lok Sabha today.

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