Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The U.S. Army's New Version Of The 155mm Howitzer Can Hit Targets 43 Miles Away

War Is Boring: The U.S. Army Is About to Double Its Howitzer Range

New barrel helps the M-777 to shoot much farther

On March 19, U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant Louis Cardin, a field artilleryman assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, died during an attack on Fire Base Bell outside of Makhmur, Iraq. Coincidentally, the U.S. Army is hard at work developing a farther-firing howitzer that could help keep artillery troops out of range of enemy forces.

The Army is cooking up a suite of improvements could double the range of the existing M-777 howitzer. Right now the 155-millimeter gun, in service with the Army and Marines, can lob shells at targets up to 18 miles away.

The M-777ER version the Army is working on “will be able to reach out and hit targets … before the targets can reach them,” David Bound, the lead engineer on the project at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, told Army reporters. Troops “won’t have to worry about coming into a situation where they are under fire before they can return fire.”

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WNU Editor: This is a huge improvement for the U.S. Army's artillery units.


Unknown said...

Marine grunts are f______ impressive when it comes to mannning artillery.

No such thing as a drill.

The next time I hoe they still do not shoot me.

Anonymous said...

The video is quite old...