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    U.S. Marines Demonstrate Lightweight Howitzer


    (Source: BAE Systems; issued Jan. 20, 2005)









    FORT SILL, Okla. --- U.S. Marines today demonstrated the M777 lightweight howitzer to local officials at Fort Sill, Okla. The M777 is a lightweight 155mm howitzer and a critical fire support component of Marine Air Ground Task Forces and Army Brigade Combat Teams and light divisions.

    The M777 was designed and developed by BAE Systems, and is a joint program between the Army and Marine Corps to replace the M198 towed howitzer. The M777 incorporates the first use of titanium castings, which reduces the weight of the howitzer -- by 7,000 lbs. -- offering improved transportability and mobility, while retaining the full ammunition and range capability of the M198. The lightweight howitzer can be transported by Marine Corps MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft and U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft.

    The Marines, from the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment stationed at Twentynine Palms, Calif., will be the first unit to receive the new howitzers and the battalion's key personnel are currently training with the M777 at Fort Sill.

    The M777 recently completed operational testing at Twentynine Palms in anticipation of a full rate production decision expected next month. During the tests, nearly 12,000 artillery rounds were fired by four production howitzers. The M777 met all operational requirements and proved to be extremely reliable. Fielding of the new howitzer will continue with the Army and Marine Corps through 2009.

    The M777 is assembled at BAE Systems' integration facility in Hattiesburg, Miss., and incorporates components manufactured by a U.S. supplier base that the company has been developing for the past four years. More than 70 percent of the howitzer's parts are manufactured in the U.S.

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    Cool, I always like to hear about the Marines

    On a slightly off-topic note, I live a couple of hours from Fort Sill......I hope they didn't use their new 155s to shell that trailer park right outside of the base

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