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Indian Army to resume test firings of M777 howitzer after 10-month gap

17 July 2018

The Indian Army (IA) is to resume firing tests of the BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzer after they were suspended in September 2017 when one of the guns malfunctioned.

IA sources told Jane’s that four M777s are set to fire about 150 rounds of locally-made ammunition over a four-week period until late August at Pokhran – located in India’s north-western desert region – to complete compilation of the howitzer’s ‘firing tables’ under the supervision of US Army personnel.

Once testing is completed, five of the 145 air-mobile M777s that India acquired in November 2016 for USD737 million under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme are expected to be formally inducted into the IA, possibly by the end of the year.

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