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The Portable Beast

The M777 155 mm Lightweight Field Howitzer is more nimble than its predecessor but no less powerful
The Missouri National Guard’s 1/129th Field Artillery Regiment put the M777 into action. Photo by Jonathan Mallard
The Missouri National Guard’s 1/129th Field Artillery Regiment put the M777 into action. Photo by Jonathan Mallard

Dubbed the “King of Battle,” howitzers have traditionally dominated the battlefield since WWI. Their mammoth weight and size have often limited their ability in the past, but the M777 has made the logistics of moving a single gun much simpler. Weighing in at 9,000 pounds, the M777 is 7,000 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the M198, because of a titanium and alloy structure. It can be airlifted by a single Chinook or towed by a 2.5-ton truck. But make no mistake, the M777 is just as devastating as its predecessor and significantly more accurate, thanks to its digital firing system.

KEY FEATURES

  • Provides accurate and timely indirect fire at a rate of up to five to eight rounds per minute
  • Maximum range: 18.6 miles
  • Utilizes a crew of eight but can be operated with as few as five Soldiers
  • Damage: kill zone is approximately 50 meters, casualty radius is 100 meters

 

 

Research from BAE Systems