M777A2 from Poland to Ukraine GPS, software update, EPIAFS
WARSAW ($1 = 4.32 Polish zlotys) — A video posted on the social network Telegram recorded the entry of large transport trucks carrying recently delivered to the United States M777 howitzers. However, those recorded in the video are one of the latest modifications: M777A2 with communications equipment and GPS, Block 1 software update and addition of an improved portable inductive artillery rocket setter [EPIAFS]. EPIAFS enables the M777A2 to launch the M982 Excalibur 155mm extended range guided artillery shell.
The video was posted by political analyst Scott Ritter. In the text below the video it says that “If these M777A2s reach the battlefield, they will kill dozens of Russians. It is an inescapable fact. »
Earlier today, BulgarianMilitary.com reported that the Canadian government decided on May 24 to send 20,000 155mm artillery shells compatible with the M777A2 155mm towed howitzers transported from Poland to Ukraine. . Some of the 155mm artillery shells can include an indefinite amount of Excalibur.
Scott Ritter also says that these shells are “One shot, one kill” type, most likely referring to the expression “fire and forget”. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that according to comprehensive foreign reports, almost two years ago [at the end of December 2020] the US Army successfully tested the M982A1 Excalibur artillery shells with a new prototype of the XM1299 self-propelled gun, which is still under development, hitting a target of 70 kilometers.
About M777 155mm towed howitzers
The M777 155 mm is an American howitzer, in service since 2005. Australia, Canada, India, Saudi Arabia and the United States are currently the operators of this type of artillery. 155mm M777 is manufactured by BAE Systems. This howitzer has actively participated in the war in Afghanistan for the past 20 years. Separately involved in hostilities in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.
The 155mm M777 weighs 4,200 kg and is 10.7 meters long. The crew that serves the howitzer consists of eight soldiers. Its caliber is 155 mm and fires M107, M795, ERFB, M982 projectiles. The shells fly at 827 m/s. Depending on the type of projectiles used, the operational range of the howitzer is different: from 24 to 40 km.
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