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M777 deal a major step forward, says US envoy

IANS  |  New Delhi 

United States Ambassador to on Thursday called the M777 artillery deal as a major step forward in the US-defence relationship.

"As major defence partners, the United States and remain committed to enhancing military modernisation efforts and building a security partnership based on trust, transparency and shared interests," Ambassador Verma said in a statement on the M777 agreement.

"Indian industry will partner with the US defence subsidiary of BAE Systems to locally assemble, integrate and test the howitzers, supporting Prime Minister Modi's Make-in-campaign," he said.

Out of 145 guns, BAE will deliver 25 guns and the rest 120 will be assembled in by Mahindra.

on Wednesday signed Letter of Agreement and Acceptance (LOA) with the US to purchase 145 M777 ultra-light artillery guns through the foreign military sale (FMS) route.

The 155mm/39 calibre gun, with maximum range of 30 km, is manufactured by the BAE Systems and can be transported through helicopter or aircraft.

The ultra light howitzer is being purchased primarily to deploy on mountains in eastern China border. This will provide the much-needed fire power to the Indian Army in the mountains.

"This deal marks a major step forward in the US-defence relationship and supports jobs in both our countries," Verma was quoted as saying in the statement.



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First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 16:08 IST