Can India Do Without BAE Light Howitzers?

Can India Do Without BAE Light Howitzers? BAE Systems one of the leading global defence majors is likely to short on the contract for 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzer (ULH) guns selected by India and approved by the US government for foreign military sales as the Indian government is reviewing purchase. Mr Arun Jaitley the Defence Minister on 11 July 2014 stated in the Indian parliament, “"The deal has not progressed due to cost issues and because the vendor has not been able to come up with a proposal fully compliant to the offset requirement." The gun was being bought to equip the Mountain Strike Corps (MSC) being raised by the Indian Army for the Northern borders, though when the initial orders for procurement was issued the MSC concept was under formulation. A report in the Econ...
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