General Zaluzhnyi, the Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army, shared real-life images of the M777 artillery on the battlefield and thanked the US for its support.
“Special greetings and thanks from our gunners to the American people for these M777 howitzers,” Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi wrote on May 13 on his personal Facebook account with a series of pictures of this country’s military personnel serving the 155 -mm gun M777 fires on the battlefield.
He did not disclose the location of these guns. This is the first time that the Ukrainian military has confirmed that it is using the US M777 cannon in real combat.
“My soldiers understand the value of these cannons. We want to confirm that this is a highly accurate and very effective weapon,” added General Zaluzhnyi. “Together to Victory”.
The M777 gun features a digital fire control system similar to SPGs. It can fire conventional ammunition with a maximum range of 24.7 km or high-precision M982 Excalibur ammunition with a maximum range of about 40 km.
The administration of US President Joe Biden on April 13 announced the delivery of 18 M777 heavy artillery pieces and about 40,000 rounds of ammunition to Ukraine after hostilities in the Eastern European country entered a new phase and Kyiv weapons needed a more powerful one attack power.
More than a week later, the Pentagon announced that Ukraine would receive 72 more M777 howitzers and 144,000 rounds and 72 artillery tow vehicles. The weapons are part of the Biden administration’s new defense aid package for Kyiv.
On May 4, an unnamed Pentagon official announced that delivery of 81 M777 guns in an order of 90 guns to Ukraine had been completed. About five days later, defense sources said the US used almost all of its M777 artillery pieces in its deployment on the Ukrainian battlefield.
President Biden announced a security aid package for Ukraine worth about $150 million in early May, including artillery shells, radar and some military equipment. However, he warned that the current source of support was running out and called on allies and partners to contribute “to keep the flow of arms to Ukraine uninterrupted”.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the latest support package brings the total value of weapons the US government has sent to Ukraine since Russia launched the military campaign to $3.8 billion, including heavy artillery, FIM-92 Stinger anti-aircraft fire and unmanned aerial vehicle vehicle. The US government is urging Congress to pass $33 billion in aid to Ukraine over five months, including $20 billion in military aid.
The US President also signed the Ukraine Democratic Defense Lend – Lease Act 2022 on May 9 to speed up arms transfers to Ukraine. This law will extend Western support of artillery, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank weapons and other heavy weapons to the Ukrainian army.
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