- Defence ministry is expected to sign an agreement with US government to assemble 145 BAE Systems M777 155mm/39mm calibre lightweight howitzers in India.
- The deal is estimated to be worth $700 million.
- The M777 gun is a lightweight howitzer which can be carried via a sling on the Chinook helicopters.
- It weights only 4,200 kg.
- India had signed the deal for 15 Chinook helicopters during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in September.