BAE Systems has partnered with Emirates Defense Technology (EDT) to develop the M777 155mm lightweight howitzer in the UAE.
Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will produce a self-propelled 155mm artillery system integrating the M777 with EDT’s indigenous Enigma 8×8 armoured modular fighting vehicle for the UAE land forces.
The M777 self-propelled artillery system would provide the mobile indirect fire variant with fire-and-move and precision attack capabilities.
BAE Systems campaign management head Stephen Luk said: "This agreement affirms our desire for an enduring industrial partnership in the UAE.
"The M777’s credentials are unmatched by any other 155mm lightweight howitzer.
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"It would provide the UAE Armed Forces with a high-quality howitzer that is easy to use and reliable in combat."
The M777 provides a rapid reaction capability and decisive firepower in combat conditions.
Weighing less than 4,218kg, the 39-calibre gun is highly mobile on land, at sea and in the air.
EDT Group CFO Colin Rothwell said: "EDT is delighted to collaborate with BAE Systems in the UAE for the M777 lightweight howitzer and its vehicle integration programmes.
"This agreement reinforces EDT’s commitment to partner with the world’s leading military companies to provide the most up to date and proven equipment, technology, and solutions to our clients."
Nearly 1,090 M777s are in service with ground forces in the US, Canada and Australia.
Image: The M777 would provide the UAE Armed Forces with a high-quality howitzer that is easy to use and reliable in combat. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.