M777 Guns

  • India is acquiring these artillery guns from USA
  • It will increase army’s capabilities in High Altitudes
  • It will be deployed in Northern and Eastern Sectors.
  • It is smaller and lighter, as it is made of titanium and aluminium alloys and weighs just 4 tonnes.
  • It has effective firing range of 24 km.
  • The modular design of the guns would come handy in towing the guns along the narrow and treacherous mountain roads that is found in India’s borders with both Pakistan and China. 
  • It will be especially used by the army’s new mountain strike corps which is being raised to counter China in the Northeast. The new corps is expected to be fully operational by 2025.
  • The guns can also be airlifted by using heavy-lift helicopters like the Chinook. India has signed an agreement to acquire Chinook from the US.
  • The C130J Super Hercules, which are used for strategic airlift by India is also capable of airlifting M777 guns.