155mm M777A2 from Poland into Ukraine: GPS, software update, EPIAFS

WARSAW ($1=4.32 Polish Zlotys) — A video posted on the social network Telegram recorded the entry of big transport trucks carrying recently delivered to the United States howitzers M777. However, those recorded in the video are one of the latest modifications: M777A2 with communication and GPS equipment, updated Block 1 software and added Enhanced Portable Inductive Artillery Fuze Setter [EPIAFS]. EPIAFS allows the M777A2 to launch the M982 Excalibur 155 mm extended range guided artillery shell.

155mm M777A2 from Poland into Ukraine: GPS, software update, EPIAFS
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The video was published by political analyst Scott Ritter. In the text below the video, he says that “if these M777A2’s reach the battlefield, they will kill the scores of the Russians. That is an inescapable fact.”

Earlier today, BulgarianMilitary.com reported that the Canadian government decided on May 24 to send 20,000,155mm artillery shells that are compatible with 155mm M777A2 towed howitzers transported from Poland to Ukraine. Some of the 155mm artillery shells may include an indefinite amount of Excalibur.

Scott Ritter also says that these shells are of the “one shot, one kill” type, most likely referring to the expression “fire-and-forget”. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that according to comprehensive foreign reports, nearly 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 70-kilometer target.

About M777 155mm towed howitzers

See pictures of 40km range 155mm M777 howitzers traveling to Ukraine
Photo credit: US DoD

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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