HOWITZER TAKES 700 FOOT FALL
During a training exercise at Camp Grayling, the Michigan National Guard reported that a M777 howitzer fell over 700 feet while being airlifted by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. No injuries were reported in the incident.
According to MLive.com, the M777 involved in the 19 July incident was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery Regiment. The unit transitioned to the M777 recently, having earlier fielded the M198 howitzer.
The M777 howitzer fires a 155mm shell as far as 40 kilometers. Among the rounds it can fire are the Excaliber GPS-guided shell. The gun weighs about 9,800 pounds, and can be airlifted by a variety of aircraft and helicopters, including the V-22 Osprey and CH-47. It is in service with the Army, Marines, as well as four other countries.
As this item goes to press, there was no word on the condition of the howitzer. Stay tuned to SOF for updates!