Marines on the ground rely on the Marines by their side, but they also depend on Marine support from long range. The M777 Lightweight 155mm howitzer provides timely, accurate and continuous firepower in support of Marine Infantry forces. In 2005, the Marine Corps began fielding the M777, a much smaller, lighter (9,000 pounds lighter) and more maneuverable towed cannon weapon than its predecessor, resulting in improved transportability and mobility without impacting range or accuracy. 7-ton trucks are used to move the M777s, enabling Marine artillery units to move faster between positions. A must for equipment in an expeditionary force, the howitzer is also highly deployable, able to be lifted externally by both the MV-22 Osprey and CH-53E Super Stallion.
- Two M777 howitzers can be transported in a single KC-130 Hercules
- Can fire up to 5 rounds per minute
- Attached to a 7-ton truck, can be dropped, loaded and ready to fire in under 3 minutes
- Can effectively place fire at 18.6 miles out
- Operational with a 5-Marine gun crew
Just a few of the enlisted roles that operate the M777 include:
- Field Artillery Cannoneer
- Field Artillery Fire Control Marine
- Field Artillery Operations Chief
- Towed Artillery Systems Technician
View a list of roles in the Marine Corps.