India gets first modern howitzers in three decades

New Delhi

India has now exorcised the ominous Bofors ghost haunting its artillery modernization plans for the last 30 years.
In the first modern 155mm artillery guns to be inducted by the Army since the 1980s, two of the 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers ordered from the US touched down here on Thursday morning.
Defence sources said the two howitzers, which landed in a chartered aircraft from the UK, will be taken to the Pokhran ranges for testing and “compilation of the firing tables” for subsequent use.
“The firing tables, with the guns being tested for different kinds of Indian ammunition with bi-modular charges, will take some time to be formulated,” Times of India said quoting a source.—INP

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