Union Defence Ministry gives nod for purchase of 145 Ultra Light Howitzers guns from the US

Posted on:27 Jun 2016 09:11:02

Union Defence Ministry gives nod for purchase of 145 Ultra Light Howitzers guns from the US
27 June 2016 Current Affairs: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has given its approval to for the purchase of 145 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULH) guns from the US. 

The procurement of ULH will be through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route from the US and it will cost around 750 million dollars. As part of this deal, 25 ULH guns will come to India directly from US in a fly away condition. Rest will be assembled in India at the proposed Assembly Integration and Test facility (AITF) for the weapon system in partnership with Mahindra and Mahindra Company.

Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULH) Guns :  It is being manufactured by BAE Systems’ Global Combat Systems division. It is smaller and lighter. It weighs 4,100 kg and can be easily transported by helicopters. It has effective firing range of 24 km. It will be deployed in high altitude areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, bordering China under the Mountain Strike Corps (raised in 2013).

Besides, DAC also approved :  Acquisition of five diving support craft for 150 crore rupees 386-crore rupees project for modernisation and augmentation of facilities at naval dockyard and naval ship repair yards. Buying of indigenously made simulators for Jaguar aircraft for 500 crore rupees and setting up of an electronic warfare range for 1,300 crore rupees through indigenous capability.

DAC also asked Ordnance Factory Board (Jabalpur) to provide three 155 mm 45 caliber indigenously produced guns Dhanush to Indian Army by end of June 2016. Dhanush is also known as Desi Bofors. 

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) : It is an apex body of Union Defence Ministry for clearing defence procurement proposals forwarded by the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.


Subscribe to Current Affairs

Enter your email to get daily current affairs

Current Affairs May 2017

27 MAY
NEWS
26 MAY
NEWS
25 MAY
NEWS
24 MAY
NEWS

Current Affairs April 2017

29 APRIL
NEWS
28 APRIL
NEWS
27 APRIL
NEWS
26 APRIL
NEWS

Current Affairs March 2017

31 MARCH
NEWS
30 MARCH
NEWS
29 MARCH
NEWS
28 MARCH
NEWS