Lightweight 155mm howitzer headed to the combat zones

M777 soon to deploy on operations with U.S. Marine Corps

M777, the BAE Systems 155mm lightweight towed howitzer now in full rate production for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), will be deployed over the next few months with the U.S. Marines into Afghanistan and Iraq, leading to urgent operational requirements and field service support which BAE Systems will be providing.

The howitzer has already earned a name for itself in theatre in Afghanistan, where it is in operations with the Canadian Armed Forces.

MO posted on the M777 a while back. Also, the M777 is the main weapon on the NLOS-C, the Big gun of the future

UPDATE: Actually, the NLOS-C switched from the M777 to a 38-caliber cannon. For more info and exclusive footage of the bad boy in action, see NLOS-C Video

Comments

  1. Out of interest… are there any negatives on this weapon yet? It looks like a nice gun with a good design. Only thing I have seen so far is that this gun jumps a fair amount when fired.. but I don’t know of how this compares to others. Does it make a difference? Anyone with any experience know? My speciality and career are aviation, not land systems… so would be nice to hear someones opinion. Clearly this project isn’t plagued like the rifle with people moaning it’s not good enough!

  2. Say did any one notice that the author of this article claimed the Canadians dubbed the M777 ‘The King of battle’ -because of it’s effectiveness? Seems they weren’t paying attention when the arty guys told them that artillery generally not just the M777 is the king of battle.

  3. jaymaster: I was trying to come up with a clever ‘poodle shooter’ joke but couldn’t. Good one. Hannibal: I wondered about that, too. Canadians must not call artillery the ‘king of battle’ and thought they were being all clever. Or maybe the press release writer wasn’t familiar with it and misunderstood what the Canadian troops were saying?

  4. Maybe it’s because the Germans and Japanese weren’t into arty as much as the Russians were, but apparently far more US soldiers were killed by machine-guns than artillery during WW2. That isn’t to say that arty doesn’t help by softening up the positions first. It has a far greater psychological impact than most weapons, but its effectiveness doesn’t necessarily correspond. Perhaps it’s time to demote arty to the Queen of Battle and upgrade the machine-gun to King.