US M777 155mm towed howitzers are now on combat duty with Ukrainian army


According to pictures published on the Facebook account of the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the M777 155mm towed howitzers donated by the United States, Canada, and Australia are now on combat duty with the Ukrainian armed forces.
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Ukrainian soldiers fire with M777 155mm towed howitzers donated by the United States, Australia, and Canada.(Picture source Facebook account Valerii Zaluzhny)


According to information published on May 9, 2021, U.S. Defense Press Secretary John Kirby has announced that hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers have either completed or are undergoing training on how to operate artillery, air defense radar systems, loitering drones armed with explosives, and armored personnel carriers.

In April 2022, the United States announced the supply of 90 M777 155mm towed howitzers and over 180 thousand 155 mm artillery rounds to Ukraine. Ten additional M777 were donated by Canada and Australia, with 6 from Australia and 4 from Canada.

The pictures published on the Twitter account of the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi show Ukrainian soldiers firing with the M777 155mm towed howitzers.

The M777 is one of the lightest 155mm howitzers in the world with a weight of only 4,100 kg offering quick deployment and transport by military transport aircraft or heavy helicopters. This means that it can be also frequently moved and re-deployed, maximizing survivability, without encountering the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) risks faced by self-propelled artillery systems. To date, the M777 is in service with U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Indian forces, with total orders currently exceeding 1,200 howitzers.

The M777 can be deployed and fires the first round in less ran 3 minutes et move to another position in 2 to 3 minutes. It has a maximum firing range of 24.7 km with standard ammunition and 30 km with assisted ammunition. The latest variant, the M777A2 can also fire GPS-guided ammunition called Excalibur with a range of approximately 40 to 57 kilometers. It has an intensive rate of fire of four rounds per minute.


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