In the run-up to next month’s defence exhibition, DefExpo 2022, the global defence and aerospace company BAE Systems has announced that it would showcase a range of capabilities and technology solutions including the Make-in-India – M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer (ULH) gun systems at the biennial event to be held from 10-14 March at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
The company will demonstrate how its products and services are providing a competitive edge to Indian customers and strengthening national security in India. The BAE Systems has also announced that it would promote its partnerships with local industry and its drive to support indigenous defence production at the 12th edition of the biennial event.
Highlighting the growing scale of BAE Systems’ in-country collaboration and its commitment to Make–in-India, the M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer (ULH) gun systems model will be a key part of the company’s exhibit at DefExpo. According to the statement, under an agreement between the US and Indian governments, the 155mm M777A2 ULH systems are being assembled, integrated, and tested in India by Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd. (MDSL), as part of the Make in India programme. The capability is in service with the Regiment of Artillery and to date, BAE Systems has produced and delivered more than 100 guns to the Indian Army.
Additionally, on display will be the APKWS lase-guide rocket, a highly cost-effective solution that turns a standard unguided 2.75-inch (70 millimetre) rocket into a precision laser-guided munition, giving warfighters a surgical strike capability.
Making its debut in India and at DefExpo, PHASA-35 is an ultra-lightweight, solar-electric High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platform. This next-gen technological system is designed to provide a persistent, stable platform for monitoring, surveillance, communications and security applications.
Another highlight at the BAE Systems stand will be the LiteHUD Head-Up Display, offering space and weight advantages paired with the latest digital display technology, revolutionary waveguide optics and highly reliable electronics.
BAE Systems’ maritime capabilities at DefExpo will be showcased through- 40 Mk4 Air Defence Gun and 57 Mk3 Naval Gun System, which provides high survivability and tactical freedom at all levels of conflict and is equipped with agile, flexible weapon systems that enable a lightning-quick response.
Also, featured at the show will be models of Combat Vehicle 90 and Bv10 Beowulf, designed to provide strategic mobility, high survivability and protection in any terrain or tactical environment.
“India is a key strategic market for us as demonstrated during the Carrier Strike Group naval visit last year and we look forward to building upon that at DefExpo,” said Ravi Nirgudkar, BAE Systems’ Managing Director India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka.
“As a founding partner of defence manufacturing in India, BAE Systems is committed to supporting India in its modernisation journey. Our presence at the Show will reflect our commitment to India and demonstrate our intent to secure India’s national security with battle-proven defence capabilities,” he further added.