Indian defence ministry clears $660m deal for artillery guns: Report

Published: May 11, 2012

This file photo shows US soldiers fire a 155MM M777 howitzer in eastern Afghanistan. India will be purchasing 145 of these guns. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

The Indian defence ministry cleared a long-pending $660 million proposal to buy 145 ultra-light howitzer guns on Friday, reported IANS.

According defence ministry sources, the Indian army is buying artillery guns after 27 years since the Bofors guns payoff scandal emerged.

The report stated that the Defence Acquisition Council, headed by Defence Minister AK Antony, cleared the deal for the M777 BAE Systems guns that will be bought through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route of the US government.

The deal was cleared following a report by a committee that studied the suitability of the weapon system. The army had recommended the gun following a ‘series of rigorous trials’, said the report.

The gun is believed to be light enough to be air lifted for quick deployment.

Reader Comments (17)

  • Omar
    May 11, 2012 - 9:50PM

    So much for “Aman ke Asha!!”

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    May 11, 2012 - 9:58PM

    @ Omar. Theses guns are meant to be used in high mountains facing China. Aman Ki Asha does not mean India should stop arming and let China walk over India. There will be complete “aman” as long as Pakistan does not create troubles in Kashmir and does not send terrorists to attack our cities.

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  • May 11, 2012 - 10:02PM

    India is a threat to world peace

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  • You Said It
    May 11, 2012 - 10:22PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    India is a threat to world peace

    Unfortunately, not according to the world – everyone thinks we are the threat to world peace.

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  • Cautious
    May 11, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Light, lethal, and uses GPS guided munition – wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of this.

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  • You Said It
    May 11, 2012 - 10:30PM

    PCNS should insist on one more condition for the US before NATO supply lines are reopened: cancel this deal. “They need us more than we need them!”

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  • indogreek
    May 11, 2012 - 10:47PM

    @You Said It:
    do u want US Aid or not is the situation.pak need aid more than anything is the reality

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  • mosiqar
    May 12, 2012 - 12:17AM

    @ Pakistan politics India is no threat to Pakistan or any neighboring country. North western provinces like Kashmir NWFP and Punjab is. They live in hard and harsh environment, and they are successful all over the world. This is the problem. Re store law and order, you are sitting on gold mine. Blaming each other will never resolve any problem. As far the wars are concern look at Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Vietnam. Thanks God We never has on of those. India lost against Chinese when Indian Army was way superior. In 1965 indo Pakistani war, civilian casualty was not even 10 as we witness. None of the big city like Bombay Islamabad Delhi Dhaka or Chittagong was bombarded. In 1971 Pakistan army was surrendered and Bangladesh was born. Still it is sovereign country and proud to be Bangladeshi . They are not killing each others like in Pakistan

    Mosiqar

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  • Yash
    May 12, 2012 - 12:37AM

    @Omar:

    pakistan tested 2 missiles in 2 weeks….so much for aman ki asha??

    grow up…having a knife in pocket doesnt mean shaking hands is not possible

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  • WoW
    May 12, 2012 - 1:16AM

    @Pakistan politics:
    When Pak launched Hatf III you never commented the same for Pakistan. Shows your Paki double standards as usual. You should have highlighted that Pak was, is and will be a threat to world peace.

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  • dv sikka
    May 12, 2012 - 1:26AM

    Another BOFOR drama, who will make the ? Percent. Bakshish is a big motivator.

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  • Omar
    May 12, 2012 - 2:06AM

    @Rajendra Kalkhande:
    go and check your facts. Mumbai attacks was orchestrated by RAW to apply pressure on international pressure in Pakistan!!
    And its Indians who are doing terrorism in Pakistan. All these sucicide bombers are uncirumised. We know your role in Afghanistan aswell.
    But beware, you will not succeed in your designs to damage Pakistan!!
    Go, check the source of your history books which is written by Bal Thackrey!!

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  • WoW
    May 12, 2012 - 3:22AM

    . @Pakistan politics:
    When Pak launched Hatf III you never commented the same for Pakistan. Shows your Paki double standards as usual. You should have highlighted that Pak was, is and will be a threat to world peace.

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  • DB
    May 12, 2012 - 3:22AM

    India should feed its people rather than buying guns it will never use. Do you think India will go to war with China or Pakistan? Useless guns.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    May 12, 2012 - 9:15AM

    @DB: India has never gone and will never go on war with anyone. however, as our past experience shows, others will surely attack India if we are not well prepared. There is no way 1.2 billion Indians will again be humiliated by invaders.

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  • Indian
    May 12, 2012 - 10:41AM

    @DB:
    China – Don’t know. Pakistan – Everybody knows that it has not and will not learn lessons from its history. I guess you have your answer..

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  • abdulazeez
    May 12, 2012 - 12:39PM

    In Tank and Artillery warfare China can’t match with India because we have the world’s third sofisticated Battle Tank T-90. 1st and 2nd are American AbramsM1A1/2 and German Leopard. Then Artillery Howitzer ultra-light is the world’s best.

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