BAE Systems' battle proven M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer, for which India and the United States are in discussions for a Foreign Military Sale for the Indian Army, took the centre stage at the Company's stand at the ninth edition of DefExpo. The Company recently reaffirmed its commitment to Make in India by down-selecting Mahindra and Mahindra as its business partner for the proposed in-country Assembly, Integration & Test facility.
In addition to the M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer, the Company's showcase included the Archer 155mm FH 77 BW L52 Self-Propelled Field Howitzer along with a full spectrum of munitions spanning Hyper Velocity Projectile, 81mm Mortar, 105mm & 155mm Artillery Ammunition, 120mm Tank Ammunition and the 3P Ammo.
Underlining BAE Systems' capabilities for the naval forces are the Mk 45 Mod 4 Naval Gun System, a proven, reliable and highly effective automatic 5-inch (127mm) naval gun system, and the 40Mk4 Naval Gun, an extremely flexible weapon system with its high rate of fire and capability to switch between optimized ammunition types.
Broadsword Spine, a new wearable technology which incorporates a power and data distribution network suitable for the military, law enforcement and emergency services who need to charge electronic equipment 'on the move',also had a place on the BAE Systems stand.
Recognising the ever-increasing importance of cyber in the defence mix, BAE Systems also showcased its cyber defence and intelligence capabilities at DefExpo.
The Hawk advanced jet trainer, with 123 aircraft ordered to date by the Indian Air Force (106) and the Indian Navy (17), was also on the Stand.