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M777 Howitzer - A Leaner Meaner Fighting Machine

The M777 Howitzer is the successor to the M198 Howitzer and is a 155 mm artillery weapon. In service since 2005, it has been utilized in Afghanistan since 2006 and Iraq since 2008. This powerful weapon uses GPS-guided Excalibur ammunition with an accuracy of 25 miles.  The GPS system not only allows the weapon to locate itself but also locate the target and communicate the coordinates to the crew.

The M777 is smaller and 42% lighter than the M198 that it replaces. Weighing in at 9,000 lbs, it can be transported by MV-22 Osprey, CH-47 helicopter or truck with ease. This allows for movement to and from the battlefield with much less work than the M198. The lighter construction allows for considerably more ammunition to be carried for dealing with varied targets.  In addition the M777 only requires a crew of  five to operate as opposed to nine on the M198.

OK the video is eight minutes but well worth it if you have the time.  If not, come back; it will still be here.

*** Video courtesy of and copyright owned by Discovery Communications ***

Posted by on October 5th, 2011 :: Filed under: Blog,Military