Since Manohar Parrikar was appointed as the Defence Minister of India in 2014, the defence sector has inked a handful of deals with countries like Russia, USA, Israel and much more. A leader who has always believed in Performance and not dressing up has strengthened the core sector of Defence in the country to level up with the most powerful countries in the world that include neighbouring countries like China and Pakistan, who have been a threat to the Indian Defense across the borders.
On 30th November, in one more historic move, India signed a deal with USA for importing 145 M777 lightweight Howitzers for Indian Army. The deal is worth Rs 5,000 crore.
After border tensions between India and China escalated in the recent years, the Indian Army on 4th November landed it’s largest Military transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. These new 145 M777 Ultra-light artillery guns will also be induced in Arunachal Pradesh near the borders with China.
“India has today signed the Letter of Acceptance which formalizes the contract between India and US for these guns,” sources said.
India had sent a Letter of Request to the US government showing interest in buying the guns which will be deployed in high-altitude areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, bordering China.
While 25 guns will come to India in a fly-away condition, the rest will be assembled at home in partnership with Mahindra. The first two howitzers guns will be delivered within six months of the contract being inked, while rest will come at the rate of two per month. These guns will be induced by March 2017.
The M777 is used by Australia, Cannada, and the USA. Now it’ll also be used by the Indian Army and will definitely strengthen the country’s defence sector and help during border combats.
The deal was inked as a two-day meeting of the 15th India-US Military Corporation Group. The meeting included US Co-Chair Lt Gen David H Berger, Commander US Marine Corps Forces, and Lt Gen Satish Dua.
After the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared the Rs 5000 Crore Deal in the beginning of the 5th India-US Military Cooperation Group, the progress in Defence Cooperation between HQ Integrated Defence Staff and US Pacific Command at the strategic and operational levels is expected to improve in the coming years.