Ukraine expects dozens of T-72 tanks and 155mm M777 towed howitzers
KYIV, ($1=29.38 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — An undisclosed number of towed M777 howitzers will be donated by the Canadian government to Ukraine for its war against Russia, which began on February 24 this year. BulgarianMilitary.com learned the news from a press release issued by the Ministry of Defense of Canada.
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According to unofficial information, Canada has a total of 37 units of towed M777 howitzers, which were ordered in 2008 by the US government. In addition to this artillery, Canada is expected to send armored vehicles to Ukraine, as well as repair damaged drone cameras as a result of the hostilities. To date, Ottawa has provided Kyiv with body armor, ammunition, helmets, Carl Gustaf anti-tank weapons, gas masks, night vision equipment, 4,500 M72 LAW anti-tank weapons, and 7,500 hand grenades.
At the same time, Ukraine may receive Polish T-72 tanks. However, whether they will receive them depends on the negotiations between Poland and the United Kingdom. The idea is for Poland to acquire British Challenger 2 tanks, in exchange for which Poland will send its T-72 tanks in support of the Ukrainian armed forces.
According to unofficial information, Warsaw has 127 T-72A / T-72M1 units, which are currently in service in the Polish army, and there are 257 tanks in stock. Experts note that if Ukrainians receive T-72 tanks, they will be able to start working with them immediately, as most of the battle tanks used by the Ukrainian army are of Russian origin, so there is no need for special training for immediate use.
About M777 155mm towed howitzers
M777 155mm is an American howitzer, which has been 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 taken an active part in the war in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. Separately involved in hostilities in Iraq, Yemen, and Syria.
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 projectiles M107, M795, ERFB, M982. 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.
About T-72 tank
T-72 is one of the most popular and used Soviet-made tanks. Its history begins with its design, which was finally adopted in 1973. The same year began serial production and entered service in the USSR. The tank has undergone several variations in recent years depending on the operators and its purpose.
It is still in service in dozens of countries. He took part in almost all wars and military actions in the last 45 years around the world [a total of 34 military participations from 1980 to date].
More than 25,000 tanks have been produced so far. Its base platform weighs between 41 and 44 tons. It consists of three crew members – commander, gunner, and driver. Its bumper is made of steel and composite armor with ERA. The main armament is a 125 mm smoothbore gun, and in addition, there are two integrated machine guns – 7.62 mm PKT coax. machine gun and 12.7 mm NSVT or DShK anti-aircraft machine gun.
It is powered by a V-12 diesel V-92S2F engine that provides between 780 and 1,130 horsepower depending on its configuration. It can travel at a maximum speed of 75 km/h, traveling up to 700 km on a single tank refueling. The fuel tank holds 1,200 liters of fuel.
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