India is already in an advanced stage of negotiations with the US for procuring over 145 M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers for their deployment in mountainous region. Trials for the 155 mm 52 calibre towed artillery guns are also expected to commence soon involving the BAE Systems and Singapore Technologies. As per COAS, the Indian Army is going through a transformation to emerge as a “lethal, agile and networked” force capable of meeting challenges on both the western and eastern fronts.
Arty upgrade plan may cost up to INR 20,000 Crore. As per reports, RFP for Howitzers has already been issued last week.