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India to buy ultra-light howitzers to be deployed in the high himalayas

The government has authorised an outright purchase of 145 ultra-light howitzers from the US, a highly-placed defence ministry source said today.

The ultra-light howitzers are for the mountain artillery divisions of the Indian Army to be used in high-altitude frontiers opposite Pakistan and China. They can be transported slung from some helicopters.

The defence acquisitions committee has decided to take the foreign military sales route. Foreign military sales is a US programme of government-to-government sales of military hardware bypassing a lengthy system of competitive bidding. But bidders who lose out to foreign military sales orders allege that the system lacks transparency.

“We will also look at other options,” defence secretary Pradeep Kumar said.

The Indian Air Force has taken the foreign military sales route to contract six Lockheed Martin-made Hercules C130J air lifters and the army did the same to buy artillery fire-finding radars.

Two brands of ultra-light howitzers were initially in contention for the Indian Army’s estimated $2.5-billion artillery modernisation programme — ST Kinetics’ Pegasus and BAE Land Systems’ M777 made in the US.

BAE Land Systems has bought over the erstwhile Swedish firm Bofors that sold 410 155mm howitzers to India in 1986. The army has not bought a single big gun since the last of the Bofors howitzer was delivered in 1987, 22 years back.

ST Kinetics was blacklisted this year after the company figured in investigations into the deals struck by the former director general of the Ordnance Factory Board in Calcutta. The government has lifted the bar on trials in multiple-vendor situations.

If the government takes the foreign military sales route, the order is likely to go to BAE Land Systems. The source said the defence acquisitions council authorised the foreign military sales route before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the US last month.

The army wants to buy 145 ultra-light howitzers, 158 towed and wheeled, 100 tracked, and 180 wheeled and armoured guns in the first phase as part of its field artillery rationalisation plan, the programme to upgrade its artillery divisions.

Defence secretary Pradeep Kumar said the government has speeded up the buying of military hardware. Between 2007 and 2009, a total of 465 contracts have been signed. These are worth more than Rs 1,35,000 crore.

He said in 10 years, the defence ministry had doubled the capital expenditure for new acquisitions. The acquisitions were worth Rs 62,272 crore between 1999 and 2004. They total Rs 1,37,496 crore between 2004 and 2009. In the current year (2009-2010), Rs 41,000 crore was being spent on direct capital acquisitions.

The acquisitions have included Phalcon Airborne Warning and Control Systems, Sukhoi 30MKI fighter aircraft, aircraft for VIPs, missiles of different types and tanks.

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Re: India to buy ultra-light howitzers to be deployed in the high himalayas

Good job! Now DRDO will have one more toy to play with for indigenisation
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Re: India to buy ultra-light howitzers to be deployed in the high himalayas

Description of the M-777 155mm Lightweight Towed Howitzer--

The M-777 is an advanced, towed lightweight 155mm howitzer, with self-locating and aiming capability, that meets increased operational thresholds for mobility, survivability, deployability and sustainability. The M-777 will provide accurate, reliable, responsive, on-demand, 24-hour, all weather, and all terrain close support fires to maneuver forces.

A key component of the M-777 is the Digital Fire Control System (DFCS). Non-digitized M-777 howitzers with optical fire control were delivered to the Marine Corps, beginning in February 2004, while the FY05-09 Army program plan funds the procurement and fielding of the digitized, self-locating, self-aiming/self-pointing upgrade of this system (designated M-777A1) to selected Army units, beginning in FY06-08. USMC howitzers will be retrofitted for the digitized upgrades after fielding to Army units. The M-777 and M-777A1 will replace all of the Marine Corps' M-198 towed howitzers and will be the artillery system for the Army’s Stryker Brigade Combat Teams.

The howitzer can be towed by an air-braked 4x4 vehicle with capacity greater than 2.5 tons. The M-777 is air transportable by C-130 (2), by C-17 (6) or by C-5 (12). It can be helicopter delivered with CH-53D/E, CH-47D, or V-22 aircraft.

The M-777 howitzer is made of titanium to achieve its light weight and high performance. The M-777 is 7,000 lbs. lighter than the M-198 howitzer it replaced, primarily due to the use of titanium. Titanium is a new material for field maintenance personnel requiring new equipment, welding procedures, support facilities, and personnel training for field repair of M-777 howitzers.

The M-777A1 will fire the Excalibur 40-km range precision-guided projectile, developed at the U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal. The round's GPS and inertial navigation guidance will enable it to deliver precision strike capability at all ranges.

Characteristics of the M-777 Howitzer

Length in tow 30.4 ft (9.275 m)
Length firing 33.5 ft (10.21 m)
Width in tow 9.1 ft (2.770 m)
Height in tow 7.4 ft (2.26 m)
Weight 9,200 lbs (4182 kg)
Max effective range w/conventional projectile 15.3 miles (24.7 km)
Max effective range w/rocket-assisted projectile 18.6 miles (30 km)
Max rate of fire four to eight rounds per minute
Sustained rate of fire two rounds per minute
Emplacement time three minutes or less
Displacement time two minutes or less
Crew 7
In April 2006 the USMC awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to manufacture Lightweight Prime Mover (LWPM) trucks to tow the M-777 155mm lightweight artillery howitzer. The LWPM is based on Lockheed Martin’s LM4x4 truck, obtained by the acquisition of HMT Vehicles Ltd., a United Kingdom company.

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The new weapon looks good...but the question is will india ever use it
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The new weapon looks good...but the question is will india ever use it
This would be helpful in Mountain areas, esp with the two new Mountain Battalions that India is raising for the Indo-China border.

or for any new kargil type adventures that porkies may try.
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The new weapon looks good...but the question is will india ever use it
Hell no! What India really needs are lighter pens and more ink, because all we'll do when we get fucked again, sans lube, is write more dossiers. This is only going to be used on Republic Day parades, or when the local general in command wants to inflate his own ego with a parade for himself.
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Re: India to buy ultra-light howitzers to be deployed in the high himalayas

US okays M777 howitzers for India in a deal worth 647 billion dollars


Asserting that its sale to India will "improve interoperability with US Soldiers and Marines," the US defense agency tasked with
transfer of military hardware and promoting military-to-military ties has notified the US Congress of the Obama administration's intention to sell 145 M777 Howitzers to India in a deal worth $ 647 million.

The mandatory notification follows a request from India for the light-weight towed Howitzer with Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems (LINAPS), the first major artillery purchase by New Delhi after the star-crossed Bofors deal going back to the 1980s.

The $647 million deal will include warranty, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, US government and contractor representatives' technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in its January 22 notification.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the US-India strategic relationship and to improve the security of an important partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia," DSCA said.

The Agency said the howitzers will assist the Indian Army to develop and enhance standardization and surprisingly asserted it will also "improve interoperability with US Soldiers and Marines who use the M777 as their primary means of indirect fire." India will have no difficulty absorbing these weapons into its armed forces, it added.

In its standard caveat, the Agency also assured the Congress that the "proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region," and "there will be no adverse impact on US defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale."

The M777 purchase, seen in some quarters as a political decision favoring US, was not without the usual controversy that has come to dog almost every major defense acquisition in India.

The gun trailed the front-runner, the Pegasus lightweight howitzer developed jointly by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Singapore Technology Kinetics, for several months, But Pegasus was knocked out of the race following reports of corruption and bribery that necessitated a CBI investigation.

While that inquiry is continuing, the government decided to go in for the US artillery given the Army's urgent requirement.

The M777 howitzer was originally developed by the British Vickers group, but is now produced by BAE Systems Land Systems in the US. It has largely replaced the M198 howitzer 155mm towed howitzers in the US Marine Corps and US Army and has seen action since March 2008 in Afghanistan. US allies Canada and Australia are the only two countries the US has sold the guns to.

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doctors and math dont go together! @doc
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