Friday, July 18, 2014

Weapons Walkaround vol.6: M102 Howitzer

Subject: M102 Howitzer
Location: South Military Command Museum, Porto Alegre, Brasil, 2012.
Comments: The M102 105mm howitzer is used in air mobile (helicopter) and light infantry operations.The weapon carriage is lightweight welded aluminum, mounted on a variable recoil mechanism. The weapon is manually loaded and positioned, and can be towed by a 2 ton truck or High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), can be transported by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, or can be dropped by parachute with airborne units. When emplaced, the howitzer's high volume of fire compensates in large measure for the lower explosive weight of the projectile compared to the Army's 155mm and 8-inch howitzers. Since 1964, the Army has acquired 1,150 M102 towed howitzers. This weapon is being replaced by the M119-series 105mm howitzer. (reference: wikipedia)

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