Philippine Marines and US Marines in M101A1 105mm, M777 155mm Howitzer Live Round Firing

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Published on December 9, 2019 by

Artillery needed to be transportable. This required that it be able to endure up and can be installed in difficult terrain.

In this video U.S. Marines with Alpha Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire an M777 Howitzer during exercise KAMANDAG 3 at Colonel Ernesto P. Ravina Air Base, Philippines. The M777 Lightweight 155mm howitzer provides timely, accurate, and continuous firepower in support of infantry forces operation.

M777 Lightweight 155mm howitzer

The M777 Lightweight 155mm howitzer provides timely, accurate, and continuous firepower in support of Marine and Army infantry forces and replaces the M198 towed Howitzer.

In 2015, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps began fielding the new type of M777 155mm artillery, a much smaller, lighter, and more maneuverable towed cannon weapon than its predecessor, resulting in improved transportability and mobility without impacting range or accuracy. Seven-Ton trucks are used to move the M777s, enabling artillery units to move faster between positions.

Philippine Marines 105mm howitzer

The Philippine Marines also conduct simultaneous 105mm howitzer firing. With the combination of 155mm and 105 mm Howitzers, both armed forces can maintain a high level of readiness and responsiveness and enhances combined military-to-military relations, interoperability, and multinational coordination.

For the Philippine Army, these skills are typically used in operations to lessen the risk of infantry and to destroy targets.

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