See pictures of 40km range 155mm M777 howitzers traveling to Ukraine
PANAGYURISHTE, ($1=1.86 Bulgarian Levs) — The information that Ukraine will receive 155 mm M777 towed howitzers as a donation from partner countries was confirmed after the Ministry of Defense published on its website the loaded artillery of heavy transport military aircraft. Below you can see photos of the howitzers loaded for delivery.
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BulgarianMilitary.com announced on April 23 that the Canadian government will send the M777 to Ukraine’s aid. The United States and Australia later reaffirmed their intention to support the Canadian decision and do the same.
The American howitzers were loaded on the American transport military aircraft Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The Belgian online portal Armi Recognition suggests that at least four such aircraft with weapons, including the M777, are traveling to Europe. The photos were taken on April 23 and 24, which suggests that the four Boeing C-17s have already landed. Most likely [unconfirmed information] they landed in Stuttgart, Germany. Stuttgart has been designated by NATO and Allied forces as a major distribution center for weapons and weapons technology to be transported through Poland to Ukraine.
US trains Ukrainians
We reported earlier this month the United States has started training about 50 Ukrainian servicemen on how to handle the howitzers donated to them by Washington. The information was confirmed by a representative of the US Department of Defense, who told reporters about the start of training of Ukrainian artillerymen to use the US-made howitzers. The CNN and the online portal European Justice also confirm the information.
According to the American official, about 50 Ukrainians study outside Ukraine. The official did not specify in which country they were held. “This is a small number of Ukrainians, a little more than 50, they will be trained in howitzer handling and then be able to return to Ukraine and train their colleagues,” the official said.
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.
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