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M777A2  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 1,240
Unitary Cost: USD$4.6 million
Also Known As: M777, M777A1, M777E1 and XM777
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: BAE Systems
Parent System: M777
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 1,240
Total Cost: USD$910 million
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Description: The XM777 Joint Lightweight 155mm 39 calibers (LW155) howitzer has been designed to replace current M198 towed howitzers. The US Army will use the XM777 for general support purposes within light forces, while the USMC will use this weapon for direct support replacing all existing cannon types within the Corps.

The XM777 incorporates innovate designs to achieve the lightweight goal, without sacrificing the range, stability, accuracy or durability of the planned system. It will provide excellent tactical mobility, deployment capability and survivability. Excalibur 155mm artillery projectiles will provide extended range and improved accuracy.

Once fielded, the XM777 will be designated the M777A1. The M777A2, the following upgrade, will feature further software enhancements. BAe Systems is already working in a self-propelled howitzer based on the proven XM777.

The US Army and the USMC needed approximately 650 XM777s, 273 and 377 respectively. The first USMC XM777-equipped unit will achieve initial operational capability in 2004. Italy and the United Kingdom might become the first foreign customers of the XM777 towed howitzer, according to some reports.

BAE Systems was awarded a $834 million contract for the full rate production of the M777A1 howitzer on March 24, 2005. Under this contract BAE will manufacture 495 howitzers to be delivered to the US Army Stryker Interim Brigades and the US Marine Corps Air Ground Task Forces from 2005 until 2009.

In December 2005 the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) took delivery of four of six M777 howitzers bought to the United States Marine Corps through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Canadian Army's 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery was expected to deploy its newest M777 to Afghanistan in support of operation Archer shortly. The M777 howitzer entered service in early 2006 in Afghanistan with the Canadian Forces.

On April 6, 2006 the United States Marine Corps awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to manufacture Lightweight Prime Mover (LWPM) trucks to tow the M777 155mm howitzer. The contract was valued at $2.1 million for four vehicles. Under this Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract the USMC has the option to award a full production contract (FRP) for 120 LM4x4 vehicles valued at $30 million. LM4x4 is a 9,000-pound truck that can be transported by C-130 airplanes, CH-47 or CH-53 helicopters or the V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.

The M777A2 is an improved version incorporating a software update that enables the howitzer to program and fire the M982 Excalibur Guided Projectile at ranges of 40 km with a Circular Error Probable of 10 meters. The M777A2 howitzer was cleared for service in July 2007.

M777A2 Applications


Artillery Systems LIMAWS(G)

M777A2 Specifications

Dimensions
Main Gun Caliber: 155 millimeter
Performance
Main Gun Max Range: 30,000 meter (18.6 mile)
Rates
Max Rate of Fire: 5 roundperminute
Sustained Rate of Fire: 2 roundperminute
Time
SetUp Time: 3 minute (0.05 hour)
Weight
Max Weight: 4,082 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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M777A2 News

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30 Jul 2003 and 28 Jun 2017
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017BAE Systems and Leonardo to Cooperate on Artillery Precision Guided Munitions
Thursday, May 18, 2017India Takes Delivery of First Two M777A2 Lightweight Howitzers
Thursday, January 12, 2017BAE Systems Awarded Contract to Deliver 145 M777 Howitzers for India
Thursday, December 1, 2016India Places Order for 145 M777A2 LW155 Howitzers
Saturday, June 25, 2016India Approves Deal to Buy 145 M777 Howitzers
Sunday, October 20, 2013Raytheon Excalibur Ib Completes Qualification Flight Testing
Wednesday, August 7, 2013FMS: India Requests Sale of 145 M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers
Wednesday, June 26, 2013Multi-Service Standard Guided Projectile Successfully Completes Guided Flight Test
Friday, May 11, 2012India Buys 145 M777A2 155mm Lightweight Howitzers from BAE Systems
Wednesday, October 5, 2011ATK Completes Successful Artillery Precision Guidance Kit Testing

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Australia57
YearHoldings
201337M777A2
201235155 mm M777A2 howitzer
Canada37
YearHoldings
201437
201237
200812
200710
India145
Howitzers (145) ordered under a $660 million deal in May 2012
United States of America1,001
YearHoldings
Apr 2009500
Apr 2008300M777A2

Grand Total 1,2404
Defensive Weapons
M982 Excalibur
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