BAE to show case two systems at DefExpo

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Lucknow, Jan 28: Two BAE M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer (ULH) gun systems will take centre stage at the 11th edition of DefExpo 2020.

The two M777 ULH systems signify the 145-gun agreement between the US and Indian governments to strengthen India’s artillery capabilities.

Under the agreement, 120 ULH systems are being assembled, integrated and tested in India by Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd (MDSL), as part of the Make in India programme. To date, BAE Systems has produced and delivered 25 guns to the Indian Army, with another 70-plus planned for 2020.

In addition, the BAE Systems stand at DefExpo 2020 (R32, Hall 7, UK Pavilion) will exhibit an array of state-of-the-art capabilities, including towed and self-propelled artillery, naval gun systems and ships, ammunitions, unmanned autonomous systems and precision munitions.

Dave Armstrong, BAE Systems’ Group Business Development Director, said in a statement here on Tuesday that “India is a strategic market for BAE Systems, and DefExpo 2020 will provide the company with the ideal platform to showcase the deep collaboration and commitment that exist with the Indian government and across industry, highlighted best by the ongoing success of the M777 ULH programme”.

At DefExpo 2020, BAE Systems will exhibit a 3-dimensional video of its Mk45 Mod 4 naval gun, the lightest, most compact, fully automatic 127mm one in the world. With a dozen customers globally, including the US and the UK, the 62-calibre Mk45 naval gun can provide a firing range of 13 nautical miles with conventional munitions. (UNI)