Big guns continue to fail to boom in India. The Army is still nowhere near getting the crucial ultra-light howitzers needed to strengthen its new divisions being raised along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control with China. The long-pending procurement of 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers in a direct government-to-government deal with the US under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) has been hit by â€œhuge problemsâ€ in the offsets negotiations, say sources. These all-weather howitzers, which are partly made of titanium and can swiftly be airlifted to forward areas by helicopters and aircraft, are primarily meant for high-altitude areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh. The Army has been demanding such 155mm/39-calibre howitzers, with laser inertial artillery pointing systems and almost 30-km range, to equip the artillery units under the new XVII Mountain Strike Corps (90,000 troops) being raised to get â€œquick reaction force capabilitiesâ€ against China.