Canada delivers M777 155mm towed howitzers to Ukraine
According to a statement published by the Canadian Ministry of Defense on April 22, 2022, Canada provides an undisclosed number of M777 towed howitzers and associated ammunition to the armed forces of Ukraine. While this equipment comes from the inventory of the Canadian Armed Forces, the capability will be replenished.
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Members of the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA) hold an M777 Howitzer shooting range practice during a trial for the Canadian Army Trial and Evaluation Unit, Gagetown (CATEU) at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, Manitoba on February 8, 2022. (Picture source Canada MoD)
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Canada has already delivered Carl Gustaf anti-tank weapons, body armor, helmets, gas masks, night vision gears, 4,500 M72 LAW light anti-tank weapons, and 7,500 hand grenades.
At the same time, Finally, Canada is also in the process of finalizing contracts for a number of armored vehicles, which will be sent to Ukraine as soon as possible, and a service contract for the maintenance and repair of specialized drones cameras that Canada has already supplied to Ukraine.
According to the Military Balance 2021, the Canadian army has a total of 37 M777 towed howitzers. In June 2008, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Canada of M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers as well as associated equipment and services. The Government of Canada had requested a possible sale of 37 M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment.
The first M777 towed howitzers entered into service with the Canadian army in December 2005 and were delivered to the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. The howitzer was deployed by the Canadian army during combat operations in Afghanistan. The second batch of M777 howitzers was ordered by Canada in May 2008.
The M777 is a 155mm caliber lightweight towed howitzer that is manufactured by the company BAE Systems. It is in service with Australia, Canada, India, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and the United States. It made its combat debut in the War in Afghanistan.
The M777 has a weight of 4,200 kg and is towed by a military truck, thanks to its lightweight, it can easily be transported by helicopter sling-load or military transporter aircraft such as the C-130.
The M777 is operated by a team of five soldiers. The howitzer is used to provide direct support to combat troops through offensive and defensive fires with conventional and precision-guided projectiles. It can also employ illuminating and smoke projectiles. It has a maximum firing range of 24.7 km with standard ammunition and 30 km with rocket-assisted rounds. It can also fire Bofors XM982 Excalibur GPS / Inertial Navigation-guided extended-range at a maximum range of 40 km.