This is the first time the army is buying artillery guns in 27 years,
since the Bofors guns payoff scandal broke out in the late 1980s.
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister A K
Antony, cleared the deal for the M777 BAE Systems guns that will be
bought through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route of the US
The purchase comes in the wake of Indian Army chief Gen. V K Singh
writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in March highlighting the gaps
in its preparedness.