The Indian Army (IA) has received the first two of the 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers (LWHs) it acquired from the United States in November 2016 for USD737 million.
Officials told Jane's that the two LWHs, along with Selex Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems, landed in New Delhi aboard a chartered aircraft on 18 May, several weeks ahead of schedule.
The weapon systems, which were acquired under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, will now be taken to Pokhran in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan for testing with Indian ammunition and the preparation of 'firing tables', according to senior IA artillery officers.
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