India orders 145 M777 ultra light howitzers for $660m from BAE Systems (video).

Image: IBNLive New Delhi, May 11 — The Indian Army…

Image: IBNLive

New Delhi, May 11 — The Indian Army got a shot in the arm Friday with the defence ministry clearing its long-pending $660 million (Rs.3,000 crore) proposal to buy 145 ultra-light howitzer guns to add teeth to its ageing inventory.

This is the first time the army is buying artillery guns in 27 years, since the Bofors guns payoff scandal broke out in the late 1980s.

The purchase comes in the wake of Indian Army chief Gen. V.K. Singh writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in March highlighting the gaps in its preparedness.

Source: Indo-Asian New Service via NY Daily News.

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