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  • Feb 2 2014 9:07PM
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  • Also to display fully automated 127-mm 54-caliber naval gun system

    New Delhi: With its much-talked about ultra-light 155-mm39 caliber towed howitzer and fully automated 127-mm 54-caliber naval gun system, the BAE Systems will be showcasing a wide range of products in towed and self-propelled Artillery and its Fire Control Systems, Naval Gun Systems, Ammunitions, Military Communications Systems, Geospatial Exploitation Products, Wheeled and Light Armoured Vehicles, and Helmet Mounted Displays at the DefExpo14 in New Delhi next week.

    The Company, which has been supporting discussions between the Governments of India and the United States for a potential Foreign Military Sale of its M-777 howitzer guns, BAE is confident of striking a deal with India.

    Archer 155 mm FH 77 BW L52 self-propelled field howitzer that can operate autonomously in tandem with today’s command and control systems. Adding fire power will be the LEMUR Remotely-Controlled Weapon Systems (RCWS) and electro-optical sight for land and sea application. Along with it a wide range of munitions is on display including 120mm Tk HESH L31A7 and 120mm Tk Charge Propelling L3A2 amongst others.

    Besides, on display will be Hawk 132 Advanced Jet Trainer, of which India is the largest operator with 123 aircraft ordered to date by the Indian Air Force (106) and the Indian Navy (17). The Indian Navy recently inducted the first batch of Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, becoming the third naval operator of the Hawk along with the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy.

    “DefExpo is a signature event for our Company and we are encouraged by the keen interest our displays receive. The platform is also significant in presenting us an excellent opportunity to progress discussions with partners for domestic co-development and co-production to fulfill our shared goal of indigenization,” said John Brosnan, Managing Director, South East Asia & India.

    BAE’s Mk45 is the most compact 5-inch (127-mm) fully automated naval gun in the world with a successful and proven track record of service in the naval fleets of Australia, Denmark, Greece, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand and Turkey and is co-produced indigenously in South Korea and Japan, the company claimed.  Also on display will be the new Q-Warrior helmet-mounted display (HMD) for the dismounted soldier and Q-Sight HMD for the pilots.
    BAE Systems has worked closely with the Indian government to establish an indigenous production capability at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer.

    Hall 9 of the Pragati Maidan Exhibition Centre, New Delhi.

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