Thursday, May 18, 2017

Two M 777 A-2 (Indian) ULH Arrive In India



Two M 777 A-2 (Indian) ULH arrived today for preparation of firing tables. During this event, the guns will fire 155 mm indigenous ammunition.

The weapon system was contracted on 30 November 16. As per the contract agreement firing tables are being prepared by the contracted agency i.e. US Government and BAE GCS Ltd with support of Indian Army. After firing tables are ready, three more guns will be received in the second stage in September 2018 for training. Thereafter, induction will commence from March 2019 onwards at the rate of five guns per month till complete consignment is received by mid 2021.

Facts: The 39 calibre M777 sets the standard for modern, reliable fire support in the most hostile environments. lightweight and portable, it is Battle proven through five years of continuous operations in the South WestAsian theatre.Mobile forces require quality systems that are quick and easy to transport. Through the innovative use of titanium and aluminium alloys, the M777 is rapidly deployable and consistently accurate.

Highly portable by land, sea and air, the system features a minimal logistical footprint alongside maximum reliability. This means that it can be frequently moved and re-deployed, maximising survivability, without encountering the IED risks that self-propelled systems face.
The weapon can strike over extended distances, regardless of terrain and obstacles. It is compatible with all standard ammo types, as well as advanced rounds such as BONUS and EXCALIBUR.
Its strengths have been proven in battle, particularly in Afghanistan where it has been in service since 2006. Over 40,000 rounds fired have proven its simple, dependable operation, even in harsh desert climates.

Development and Production

Selected by the US Marine Corps and the US Army as their next generation Medium Force weapon, the M777 was fully developed through an intensive Engineering and Manufacturing
Development (EMD) programme in the USA.

This led to an initial contract in 2002 and current requirements in excess of 1,200 systems.

Technical Data

Range

– Maximum unassisted: 24.7 km
– Maximum assisted: 30+ km

Rate of fire

– Intense: 5 rounds per minute for up to 2 minutes
– Sustained: 2 rounds per minute
Into/out of action
– Emplacement: < 3 minutes
– Displacement: < 2 minutes

Pointing limits

– Elevation: +1,275 mm
– Depression: -43 mm
– Traverse (on carriage): 400 mm left and right
(6,400 mm through quickswitch)

Ammunition

– All current and developmental US and NATO
standard 155 mm projectiles and charges
including Modular Artillery Charge System

Mobility

– Maximum road speed: 88 kph/55 mph
– Cross country speed: 24 kph/15 mph
– Towing vehicles: MTVR, FMTV, M800 and M900
5 tonne trucks, any 2.5 tonne truck, HMMWV in
local area
– Fixed wing: C130, C141, C17, C5,
Roll-on roll-off/LVAD
– Rotary wing: CH53E, CH47D, MV22

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