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The M777 Ultra-Light Howitzer

Manufacturer: BAE Systems’ Global Combat Systems
Caliber: 155mm
Max Range: 24 km (15 mi) with standard M107 rounds
                    40 km (25 mi) with GPS guided Excalibur rounds
In service: since 2005
Used by: United States Marine Corps
               United States Army
               Royal Saudi Land Force
               Australian Army
               Canadian Army

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Photo Credits, in descending order:

– U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire an artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar, on June 12, 2011. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

– A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), externally lifts M777 howitzers over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 29, 2012. HMH-361 provided aerial support by repositioning the howitzers to Camp Dwyer. (Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo)

(Canadian Army)

(BAE Systems)

– An M-777 155mm howitzer fires at a low ballistic trajectory in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army)

(BAE Systems)

– An artillery round exits the barrel of an M777A2 155mm Howitzer during a live-fire exercise by 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at the National Training Center here Feb. 19. Soldiers from the 2-8th FA are training at the NTC during a month-long rotation in preparation for the 1-25th’s deployment to Afghanistan later this year. (Spc. Michael Blalack, 1-25th SBCT PAO)      

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First Unmanned Cargo Delivery in a Combat Zone.

A detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 in Afghanistan completed their first unmanned aerial system cargo delivery in a combat zone. The unmanned helicopter moved about 3,500 pounds of food and supplies from Camp Dwyer to troops at Combat Outpost Payne. The helicopter, an unmanned variant of the K-MAX, completed the delivery in about an hour and a half.

(Photos by Corporal Justin Boling, 15 December 2011.)

[It’s gotta be The Ugliest Thing that’s taken to the sky since the Pterodactyl became extinct along with the rest of the dinosaurs. -R]