India has purchased 145 A2-level M777 artillery mounts from the US and is now discussing the joint development of extended-range howitzers. They are called M777ER.
What is known
The issue of joint production of artillery installations was discussed in Washington by the Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval (Ajit Doval) with his American counterpart Jake Sullivan (Jake Sullivan). This is reported by Janes.
The M777 howitzer exists in several variants, including the M777A2 with Enhanced Portable Inductive Artillery Fuze Setter to use M982 Excalibur precision-guided munitions and M1156 precision guidance kits. It can hit targets at a maximum distance of 24 km, 30 km and 40 km, depending on the type of ammunition.
The Extended Range version will get an extended 52-caliber barrel (+1.8 meters), and its weight will increase by almost half a ton and reach 4.75 tons. The M777ER will receive a new fire attack system and will be able to hit targets at a maximum distance of 70 km.
As we mentioned, India has ordered 145 M777A2 gun mounts. BAE Systems has supplied 25 howitzers, and the rest are manufactured at the plant of the Indian company Mahindra Defense. All 145 M777A2 guns will be upgraded to M777ER level.