India To Invest In U.S. Towed Artillery Pieces

by: Matthew Potter
January 29, 2010

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The U.S. military uses three primary artillery systems for its fire support. These are the M109 Paladin self propelled 155mm howitzer, the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) in tracked and wheeled versions; and the M777 lightweight 155mm towed howitzer. All three of these systems have seen a great deal of use over the last twenty years and performed effectively. It was announced yesterday that India’s government intends to buy 145 of the M177 systems.

This contract will be worth over $600 million if fully executed. The M777 is made by BAE Systems and due to its weight and mobility is ideal to support Indian forces in mountainous regions and represents a significant technological upgrade to their existing inventory of Swedish, Russian and British systems.

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