Defence’s major ‘Make in India’ project – Gun assembly plant


  • Defence ministry is expected to sign an agreement with US government to  assemble 145 BAE Systems M777 155mm/39mm calibre lightweight howitzers in India.
  • The deal is estimated to be worth $700 million.
  • The M777 gun is a lightweight howitzer which can be carried via a sling on the Chinook helicopters.
  • It weights only 4,200 kg.
  • India had signed the deal for 15 Chinook helicopters during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in September.


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