Indian Army to receive first batch of modern artillery guns on Friday

New Delhi: Two of the 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers will arrive in India from the US on Friday. It will be the first induction of the howitzers after the Bofors scandal broke out nearly 30 years ago. The scandal had badly hit the artillery modernisation of the Indian Army.

An official from BAE Systems said the first two guns will land in India ahead of the schedule over the weekend.

 Indian Army to receive first batch of modern artillery guns on Friday

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According to a report in the The Times Of India, the two howitzers, which will come in a chartered aircraft from the UK, "will be taken to the Pokhran ranges for testing and compilation of the firing tables for subsequent use." A source quoted in the report said that five guns will be delivered every month and that all 145 guns will be inducted by June 2021.

The howitzers are being procured for the army and will be deployed along the India-China border.

India has struck a government-to-government deal for 145 howitzers with the US at a cost of around $700 million.

As per the deal, the first 25 guns will be bought directly from the US and the rest will be assembled in India.

"We continue to support the US government in integrating its weapon systems with the Army's artillery modernisation programme," the official said.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: May 18, 2017 10:04:29 IST