The U.S. Army has received the first of 273 M777A1 lightweight 155mm howitzers. The 5 ton , 1.7 million dollar British designed gun replaces the M198. Four tons lighter by virtue of extensive use of titanium, and finite element design , the M777A1 can be slung into battle by existing Army helicopters. After landing, its crew of five can ready the howitzer to fire in under three minutes, and prepare it to move out in under two . The gun's reduced weight is tactically critical, because ten 155mm shells with propellant weigh about a ton, and the four ton savings equals enough extra firepower to chew up a battalion
What makes this development scary is the GPS guided Excalibur shell , accurate to ten meters at a range of up to 40 kilometers.Eat your heart out,Annie Oakley- that's ten yards at 25 miles.