BAE Systems pin hopes on M777 guns to be “Make in India”
The European Defense major BAE Systems intends to manufacture M777 guns in India as per the CEO Ian King. India has been the extremely valued customer for the company as it struck the historic deal of advanced jet trainers aka Hawk in collaborating the Technology on transfer with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore where the trainers got assembled. It is now intended to offer tactical M777 Howitzer guns to India if everything goes well, as it’s to be dealt between the US Government & the Indian counterparts, if the deal gets sealed BAE wants to manufacture M777 guns in India. For that it wants to create imitation of Assembly-Integration-Testing [AIT] facility similar to that of in the US. BAE is scouting out for the right partner to setup the facility right up here. BAE is also looking out for other defense products like Tactical Communications Systems [TCS] with Bharat Electronics Limited [BEL] and still gung-ho about combat aircraft Typhoon as a part of MMRCA program.
About M777 Howitzers: The M777 howitzer is a towed 155 mm artillery piece, successor to the M198 howitzer in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army. The M777 is also used by the ground forces of Canada and Australia. It made its combat debut in the War in Afghanistan.
The M777 is manufactured by BAE Systems’ Global Combat Systems division. Prime contract management is based in Barrow-in-Furness in the UK as well as manufacture and assembly of the titanium structures and associated recoil components. Final integration and testing of the weapon is undertaken at BAE’s facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
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