India Looks to US for Howitzer Purchase

27 January 2010 (Last Updated January 27th, 2010 18:30)

The Indian Army is looking to buy 145 M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzers with laser inertial artillery pointing systems (LINAPS) from the US under a $647m deal. If the contract goes ahead, the US will also provide spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, maintenance, pers

The Indian Army is looking to buy 145 M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzers with laser inertial artillery pointing systems (LINAPS) from the US under a $647m deal.

If the contract goes ahead, the US will also provide spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services.

The Indian Army will use the howitzers to enhance standardisation and to improve interoperability with US Soldiers and Marines who use the M777 as their primary means of indirect fire.

The principal contractors for the delivery of military equipment will include BAE Systems, Seiler Instrument Company, Taylor Devices and Selex.