M777 Towed How­itzers (155mm/39-cal­i­bre)

SP's LandForces - - MODERNISATION - Source: BAE Sys­tems

Mo­bile forces re­quire qual­ity sys­tems that are quick and easy to trans­port. Through the in­no­va­tive use of ti­ta­nium and alu­minium al­loys, the M777 is rapidly de­ploy­able and con­sis­tently ac­cu­rate.

Highly por­ta­ble by land, sea and air, the sys­tem fea­tures a min­i­mal lo­gis­ti­cal foot­print along­side max­i­mum reli­a­bil­ity. This means that it can be fre­quently moved and re-de­ployed, max­imis­ing sur­viv­abil­ity, with­out en­coun­ter­ing the IED risks that self­pro­pelled sys­tems face. The weapon can strike over ex­tended dis­tances, re­gard­less of ter­rain and ob­sta­cles. It is com­pat­i­ble with all stan­dard am­mu­ni­tion types, as well as ad­vanced rounds such as Bonus and Ex­cal­ibur.

Its strengths have been proven in bat­tle, par­tic­u­larly in Afghanistan where it has been in ser­vice since 2006. Over 40,000 rounds fired have proven its sim­ple, de­pend­able op­er­a­tion, even in harsh desert cli­mates.

Tech­ni­cal Data Range

Max­i­mum Unas­sisted: 24.7 km Max­i­mum As­sisted: 30+ km

Rate of Fire

In­tense: 5 rounds per minute for upto 2 min­utes Sus­tained: 2 rounds per minute

Into/Out of Ac­tion

Em­place­ment: < 3min­utes Dis­place­ment: < 2min­utes

Point­ing lim­its

El­e­va­tion: +1,275mm De­pres­sion: -43mm Tra­verse (on car­riage): 400mm left and right (6,400mm through quick­switch)

Am­mu­ni­tion

All cur­rent de­vel­op­men­tal US and NATO stan­dard 155mm pro­jec­tiles and charges in­clud­ing Mo­du­lar Ar­tillery Charge Sys­tem

Mo­bil­ity

Max­i­mum Road Speed: 88 kmph (55 mph)

Cross Coun­try: 24 kmph (15 mph)

Tow­ing Ve­hi­cles: MTVR, FMTV, M800, M900, 5 tonne Trucks, any 2.5 tonne Truck, HMMWV in Lo­cal Area

Fixed-wing: C130, C141, C17, C5, Roll-on, Roll-off/LVAD

Ro­tary-wing: CH53E, CH47 D, MV22. SP

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