The Ukrainian military “easily mastered the M109A3 in one week.”
Ukraine received from the West M777 howitzers without a GPS system.
Writes about it LIGA.net with reference to a source in the Ministry of Defense.
The GPS was taken down for warnings from governments and manufacturers about storing technology, as it is understood that during a war some types of weapons could be seized by Russia.
This system allows you to combine howitzers into one reconnaissance-strike complex using a drone and radar stations for counter-battery combat, the publication explains.
“If people don’t want to lose their technologies, then you won’t force them (to supply weapons with all technologies),” the source of the publication in the Ministry of Defense states.
According to him, the lobbying of arms manufacturing companies that are interested in supplies is now developing powerfully: “Manufacturers understand that Ukraine, with little financial capacity, but $23.7 billion from the United States, is a pretty attractive piece that everyone wants to try.”
M777 is a 155 mm towed howitzer. Used by the ground forces of the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. The first combat use occurred in the war in Afghanistan.
Range: maximum conventional shells – 24.7 km; maximum special shells – 40 km. Rate of fire: intensive – 5 rounds per minute for up to 2 minutes, standard – 2 rounds per minute. Deployment: <3 minutes, collapse: <2 minutes. Towing: maximum speed - 88 km / h; cross-country speed - 24 km / h.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on June 4, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny said that self-propelled howitzers М109А3, provided to Ukraine within the framework of international technical assistance by Norway, are already being used on the front line. Zaluzhny said that Ukrainian military “easily in one week they mastered the M109A3. Referring to the words of the artillerymen, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine called the key difference between these guns and the Soviet models “the fact that they are made for people.”