Canada Delivered M777 Howitzers to aid Ukraine

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Illustraticve photo: U.S. Marine Corps attach a M777 howitzer to a helicopter during a training in April 2017 / Photo credit: Vertical Flight Society
Illustraticve photo: U.S. Marine Corps attach a M777 howitzer to a helicopter during a training in April 2017 / Photo credit: Vertical Flight Society

From the inventory of the Canadian Armed Forces straight into the hands of the Ukrainian army, the M777 lightweight 155-mm towed howitzers will help fight against the Russian occupation

"A number of M777 howitzers and associated ammunition" was delivered to the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Friday, April 22, according to the Canadian Defense minister Anita Anand. Just "as Ukraine has requested", Canada provided the heavy artillery needed to successfully deter the Russian offensive, what could be possibly labeled as the "game-changing" weapon.

"The M777 lightweight 155-mm towed howitzer is lighter and smaller, yet more powerful than any gun of its kind. The M777 provides indirect firepower capable of accurately hitting targets at a range of distances up to 30km," goes the statement from the ministry.

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Anita Anand said she remains "in close contact with [Ukrainian Defense] Minister Oleksii Reznikov about Ukraine’s most pressing security needs."

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M777 155mm towed howitzer / Illustrative photo credit: Military.com

Also, Canada has provided Ukraine with "a significant number" of additional anti-armor ammunition for Carl Gustaf anti-tank guided missile systems, which are already enjoying popularity among Ukrainian soldiers.

Lastly, after the contracts with manufacturers are finalized, Ukraine will receive armored vehicles, too, "as soon as possible", as well as the service contract for the maintenance and repair of specialized drone cameras that Canada had already supplied to Ukraine.

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