After Indian Bofors, Muzzle Hit In US’s M 777 Guns

A muzzle hit occurred in the M-777 ultralight howitzers procured from the US, during trials in the Pokhran desert last week. The first batch of the guns, made by BAE Systems, was delivered in May this year as a part of the deal to buy 145 pieces in all. M-777 is the first acquisition of high calibre howitzers after Bofors.

A senior official in army’s artillery wing confirmed the incident. It is a small incident and most probably due to faulty ammunition. “A joint investigation is being carried out to ascertain the cause,” the officer told TOI.

The muzzle is fixed on the top of a barrel. If a shell dashes through it, the range is reduced considerably and the muzzle gets damaged too. Read More…

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