The M777 howitzers

DoD Contracts BAE for Indian Army Howitzers

Jan. 21, 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted BAE Systems to supply its lightweight M777 howitzers to the Indian Army.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a $542-million contract to BAE Systems for 145 M777 ultra-lightweight howitzers, which are to be sold to the Indian Army through a Foreign Military Sale between the U.S. and Indian governments. Work on the contract will begin immediately and be performed by BAE Systems and its suppliers across the U.S., the United Kingdom, and India. Deliveries of the lightweight howitzers, which provide responsive firepower under sustained operating conditions, are scheduled to begin in June 2017.

“We look forward to working with the Indian Army and providing the only battle-proven 155-mm ultra-lightweight howitzer in the world,” said Joe Senftle, BAE Systems’ vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems. “The M777 will give the Indian Army superior artillery capability.” The versatile weapons systems provide long-range, precision-guided munitions with the flexibility needed for a modern mobile fighting force.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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