According to a report published on comhaha.com, Indian Army intends to be in the desert and high altitude using the BAE System Type 39 M777 155 mm lightweight Howitzer. The testing of the equipment system will soon begun following signing of contract worth 647 million contract with BAE Systems. BAE Systems is a premier global Defense, security and aerospace company of the world.
As per the website, China Defense Science and Technology Information Network reported this development on its website, though iSikkim could not verify it.
The said tests of M777 Howitzer will be held in the western deserts and Sikkim. The Howitzers will eventually be deployed in Sikkim. This test will be held in two rounds. BAE Systems India officials declined to comment or confirm about the development. Phone calls made to the Army remained unanswered till the time this report went online. BAE Systems officials said that M777 Howitzer will be delivered within 18 to 24 months after the contract was approved. M777 howitzer will be provided logistical and technical support by the joint consortium of BAE Systems and Mahindra Defence Systems as per the website.
Under “Field Artillery Rationalization Plan”, the Army plans to purchase Type 39 M777 155-mm caliber, 52 caliber lightweight Howitzer and wheeled and tracked artillery systems. For various reasons, the Indian Army has repeatedly postponed the project.