Pictures from Internet confirm sending of US M777 155mm towed howitzers to Ukraine
According to pictures released on Internet, we can confirm that the United States will supply M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzers to Ukraine. On April 23, 2022, several M777s were loaded into American C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft from U.S. Force.
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U.S. soldiers load M777 155mm towed howitzers for Ukraine on C-17 military transport aircraft. (Picture source U.S. DoD)
Citing non-official sources, at least 4 C-17 American military transport aircraft were involved in this delivery and 10 M777 howitzers were loaded into the aircraft.
According to the latest information published on Internet, the Ukrainian armed forces will receive a total of 108 M777 155mm towed howitzers from Australia, Canada, and United States. Army Recognition reported that the United States has approved the delivery of M777 howitzers on April 13 and April 22, 2022, respectively.
The M777 is a 155mm lightweight towed howitzer which can be easily transported by military aircraft or towed by truck thanks to its lightweight being significantly lower than other howitzers of the same type. The gun has a much higher level of digital connectivity allowing more rapid, safe, and accurate application of effects across the modern battlefield.
The M777 provides 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 an effective firing range of 24 km with standard 155mm HE (High Explosive) projectiles, 30 km with Extended-Range Full-Bore projectile, 28.7 to 37 km with M795 HE projectiles, and 40 km Excalibur GPS-guided ammunition.
The M777 can be towed behind a gun truck tractor. It can also be lifted by the CH-47 Chinook helicopter and carried in the Air Force C-17A Globemaster III and C-130J Hercules aircraft. The M777 is also deployable by Navy watercraft and amphibious vessels.
The United States will deliver a total of 90 M777 155mm howitzers to Ukraine. (Picture source U.S. DoD)