Bofors ghost finally buried, 155mm howitzers coming

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NEW DELHI: The Bofors jinx has finally been broken after 30 years. After the infamous Bofors scandal of the mid-1980s+ torpedoed all its artillery modernisation plans, the Army will begin inducting its first modern 155mm howitzers from mid-2017 onwards.

Defence ministry sources said on Wednesday that the cabinet committee on security , chaired by PM Narendra Modi, has cleared the acquisition of 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers from the US+ in a government-to-government deal worth $737 million (almost Rs 5,000 crore).

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