US-made ultra light Howitzers tested at Pokhran for preparing fire tables
India will acquire 145 ultra light Howitzer guns as part of a deal with US manufacturer BAE systems in the next three years.Updated: Jul 30, 2018 08:07 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India’s artillery is all set to acquire teeth with five US-made 155 mm M 777 ultra light Howitzers currently being tested in the Pokhran area of Rajasthan for preparing fire tables after successful live testing in Ladakh, Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh. India will acquire 145 such guns as part of a deal with US manufacturer BAE systems in the next three years.
A fire table tells gunners the angles at which the artillery guns should be fired to hit targets at a specific distance.
India has been working to strengthen its artillery, perhaps for the first time since the 1980s Bofors scandal.
The army is also acquiring 10 K-9 mounted guns from South Korea as part of a 100 gun deal signed with Hanwha Tech Win. As part of the deal, 10 guns will be directly imported and the remaining made in India with a local partner. India has the option of acquiring another 50 guns through the same government to government route through which the first 10 were bought
First Published: Jul 30, 2018 08:07 IST