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Three decades long wait ends as Army gets long range guns

The US produced howitzers will be deployed along the Chinese border

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Two ultra-light howitzers arrived here today from the US, ending a three-decade wait for the Indian Army to induct long-range artillery guns after the Bofors scandal broke out in mid-1980s. The 145 M-777 guns, manufactured by the BAE Systems, are being taken to Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan for test firing. The howitzers have a maximum strike range of 30 km. While 25 guns will come to India in a fly-away condition, the rest will be assembled in India by the BAE Systems in partnership with Mahindra Defence. The guns, with a calibre of 155 mm, will be mostly deployed along the ...

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 16:45 IST
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