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The US doubled the range of howitzers to destroy IS

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec6,2023 #doubled #howitzers
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The US Army’s M-777 artillery opened fire.

On March 19, Louis Cardin, a US Marine Corps captain and a field artilleryman with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was killed in a rocket attack by Islamic State rebels (

According to military expert Joseph Trevithick, the US military is working on an upgrade package that will help the M-777 howitzer double its range.

The improved M-777ER variant `will be capable of hitting targets at long ranges beyond the enemy’s attack range,` said David Bound, the engineer leading the Picatinny Arsenal project in New Jersey.

The improvements will make the M-777ER gun weigh about 453 kg more, but they help gunners fire more accurately and have a faster rate of fire thanks to the automatic loading mechanism.

The biggest change of the M-777ER is that the gun barrel has been extended by 1.82 m, allowing this howitzer to hit enemies at a distance of more than 69 km, double the previous range.

Although the improvements to the M-777ER cannon sound simple, the increased length of the new cannon’s barrel causes many problems during use.

The US doubled the range of howitzers to destroy IS

American soldiers hooked the M-777 gun barrel to the back of the truck to move.

Even when folded for portability, the M-777ER cannon still has a length of more than 10.6 m.

Therefore, the biggest challenge of this project is to convince gunners that the cannon still works well on all terrains.

Long-range artillery will clearly be more effective in the fight against IS.

The HIMARS high-mobility rocket artillery system can fire at a rate of 12 rounds per minute, but it can only fire a maximum of 6 shells before the gunner crew has to reload.

The M-777 cannon has a much slower rate of fire, only 2-5 rounds/minute, but a cannon can fire continuously for many minutes without stopping to reload like HIMARS.

The US doubled the range of howitzers to destroy IS

An M-777 gunner crew.

US Marine gunners at Bell base are providing fire support for Iraqi government military troops attacking IS to liberate the city of Mosul.

`With M-777ER guns with twice the range, US Marines can deliver powerful attacks on rebel defense forces in Mosul, effectively supporting the army’s offensive campaign.

See more: US rocket artillery fires cross-border to destroy IS

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