The US Army will receive 18 additional M777 155mm ultra lightweight howitzers from BAE Systems.
Awarded under a contract from the US Department of Defense (DoD), the current order builds on the more than 1,000 M777 gun systems already in service with the US Army and the US Marine Corps (USMC). It is in addition to the logistical support contracts received from the DoD.
BAE Systems Weapon Systems vice-president and general manager Joe Senftle said: “This battle-proven capability leverages technical insertions, long-range precision-guided munition developments, and flexible mobility options, to make the M777 a very effective artillery technology.
“This order further demonstrates a strong and collaborative working relationship between BAE Systems and the Army.”
Work on the contract is slated to commence immediately with support from suppliers across the US and the UK, as well as the BAE Systems facilities.
Deliveries for the additional 18 M777 155mm howitzers are expected to begin in 2021.
The M777 ultra-lightweight howitzer is a 155mm towed artillery system designed to deliver superior artillery capability in the most hostile environments with enhanced tactical and strategic mobility.
The gun was initially developed for use by the US Army and USMC in the early 2000s.
Designed to replace the existing inventory of M198 155mm towed howitzers, the M777 systems equipped with the digital fire control system are the designated M777A1, and the ones integrated with a software update which allows the firing of the Excalibur projectile belonging to the M777A2 variant.