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India to buy M777 howitzers from US

India is speeding up the military modernisation process. The defence minister on Friday cleared procurement projects worth over Rs 7,000 crore including the long pending acquisition of 145 ultra light Howitzers from the US which is a Rs 3,000 crore deal. The decision was taken at a meeting of the defence acquisition council (DAC) headed by defence minister AK Antony. According to the defence ministry sources, The DAC also cleared a proposal to procure over 65 radars for the L-70 air defence guns which will be worth over Rs 3,000 crore. The ultra light Howitzers of 155 mm (39 caliber) were being acquired for development in high altitude areas in arunachal Pradesh and ladakh. Apart from this, it was also confirmed that this would be the first acquisition of howitzers by the army in the last 26 years.

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