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International Defence & Security Exhibition
10 - 13 September 2013
London, United Kingdom
BAE Systems M777 at DSEI 2013
|Wednesday, September 11, 2013 11:50 PM|
|BAE Systems M777 easily and rapidly deployable 155mm towed howitzer at DSEI 2013.|
Mobile forces require quality systems that are quick and easy to transport. Through the innovative use of titanium and aluminium alloys, the BAE Systems 155mm towed howitzer M777 is rapidly deployable and consistently accurate.
BAE Systems M777A2 155mm towed howitzer at DSEI 2013, International Defense & Security Exhibition in London, United Kingdom.
Employing advanced titanium and aluminium alloys, the M777 towed gun was the first 155mm Howitzer to weigh less than 10,000 lb (4,218 kg). Its light weight allows it to be easily and rapidly deployable by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, making it more survivable and more versatile than a self-propelled weapon. It can be carried by a variety of aircraft, including the C-130, and as a slung load by rotary-wing craft such as the CH-47 Chinook and MV-22 Osprey.
Both the US Army and US Marine Corps selected the M777 as their Medium Force weapon, appreciating its reliability and its low silhouette. It has low thermal and radar signatures, and its ability to be rapidly moved further adds to its survivability. Emplacement and displacement each take less than three minutes.
All US and NATO 155mm rounds can be fired by the gun, including the Excalibur guided projectile. With assisted rounds the weapon has an effective range of more than 30 kilometres. At an intense rate of fire the M777 can fire 10 rounds in two minutes. M777s have been deployed in Afghanistan since 2006, and over 40,000 rounds have been fired.