The Indian Army deploys M777 Howitzers
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The Indian Army has deployed the M777 Ultra Light Howitzer (155 mm) in the harsh terrain of the country's northern border.
This gun is highly transportable for rapid deployment to meet any operational contingency.
In the next five years, there are plans to induct several guns, including indigenous ones, into the Army's artillery regiments.
India has contracted 145 M777 guns from BAE Systems (British Aerospace) and more than half of them have been inducted.
The Indian Army has also deployed the K9 Vajra-T52-caliber self-propelled artillery gun in Ladakh.
M777 Ultra Light Howitzer
The M777 is a key component of the Army's Field Artillery Rationalization Plan (FARP), which was approved in 1999.
The 155 mm/39-caliber M777 howitzer has a range of up to 30 km, but is capable of striking targets at ranges of more than 40 km in some areas.
Built with titanium and aluminum alloys, the howitzers weigh 4,218 kg.
The Indian Air Force CH-47F Chinook helicopter can carry the howitzer as an underslung load for rapid deployment in high altitude areas.
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