SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
After supplying 145 units of M777, a 155-mm, 39-calibre towed artillery gun, BAE systems have offered an upgraded variant of its M777 now with a 155mm/ 52-Calibre to the Indian Army with ToT and Local Assembly license agreement with its Industrial partner PTC Industries.
BAE systems claim that the 155mm 52-calibre platform is under 5,800 kgs in weight and shares commonality with the M777, a 155-mm, 39-calibre that is already in service with the Indian Army.
The Indian Army has deployed M777 Ultra Light Howitzers (ULH) around the Tawang sector, close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), thus significantly augmenting India’s firepower, but India will need more guns eventually to match Chinese firepower but now there is some serious competition from local vendors.
Kalyani groups now has developed Bharat ULH-ER which is also a 155mm/ 52-Calibre gun but due to the use of high-strength steel it weighs 8000kg way more than the 5800kg Titanium 155mm 52-calibre on offer by BAE systems.
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