India has decided to buy 145 field guns to enhance US-made mountain warfare capability with China
U.S. Army and Marine Corps equipment in volume 155-mm howitzer M777 ultra-lightweight LONDON
News January 4: 1, according to Asian Defense Network reported that a senior Indian defense officials said the Indian government decided to purchase 145 U.S. US-made super-light field guns. The field artillery by helicopter transport, will be equipped to be deployed in the high latitudes of the Indian Army Mountain Division, to fight against Pakistan and China.
reported that the Indian Parliament Defence Committee decided to adopt “overseas arms sales,” these arms procurement channels. “Overseas sales” is a United States government to government sales of military hardware, which omitted the lengthy bidding stage. Those who failed to win orders from overseas sales to bidders claim that lack of transparency in procedures. In this regard, the Indian defense industry official La Dipu – Kumar (Pradeep Kumar) added: “We will also seek other options.”
reported that the Indian Air Force has been the way through overseas sales ordered six Lockheed Martin production C-130J “Hercules” transport aircraft, and the Indian Army has also purchased the same way as infantry fire point location (fire-finding) radar.
reported that the Indian Air Force the $ 2.5 billion modernization project of the first artillery bidders for the Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics) of the “Pegasus” (Pegasus) ultra-light howitzers, and BAE Systems Land Systems Division of the M777 howitzer. In 1986, BAE Systems has not been acquired Land Systems Bofors of Sweden to India to prepare the company sold 410 155-mm howitzer. Since 1987, the last one Bofors howitzers delivered so far, the Indian Army has never added a new any large artillery. In 2009, because with the former Indian Ordnance Factory Committee 席苏迪普托? Ghosh’s corruption scandal, Singapore Technologies Kinetics company has been blacklisted by the government in New Delhi. However, India has lifted many restrictions on the company.
reported that if the Indian government decided to adopt the way of overseas sales, the BAE Systems Land Systems is likely to win this order. And there is news that in November 2009 Indian Prime Minister Singh’s visit to the United States, the Indian Defence Committee had approved the approach taken by overseas sales. To upgrade the national army artillery system, the Indian Army plans to field artillery in its first phase of a reorganization plan to buy 145 ultra-light howitzers, 158 wheel traction and howitzers, 100 guns and 180 tracked and wheeled armored gun.
M777 howitzer is the world’s first traction in the design of large-scale use of titanium and aluminum alloys artillery systems, thus enabling the field artillery of the weight of the weight of conventional 155mm half. The gun weighs less than 4.22 tons, is the world’s lightest 155mm howitzer. M777 has a low profile, high survivability and the ability to quickly deploy and load characteristics, so it may be the most challenging battlefield environment, quick access to launch. M777 medium transport helicopter can be used not only lifted, but also by the C-130 transport aircraft to airdrop.
Kumar quoted as saying in recent years, New Delhi government has accelerated its procurement of military hardware :2007-2009, India signed a total of 465 copies, the total value of over 1.35 trillion rupees in sales contract. Kumar said that 10 years, India’s defense procurement spending has doubled. 1999-2004, the Indian army’s procurement expenditures for 622.72 billion rupees; year (2009-2010) budget, 410 billion rupees have been used directly to purchase weapons and equipment. Including the “Phalcon” airborne warning and control system, Su -30 MKI fighter jets, VIP special machines and different types of missiles and tanks. (Compiled: Spring)