SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
India’s latest long-range ultra-light (ULH) howitzer M-777 unit while going through Homologation process with Indian made ammunition suffered Barrel damages at the field trial in Pokhran firing range. Indian media reports quickly blamed faulty Indian ammunition as a possible reason for the Barrel burst but M-777 does have a History of Barrel Burst which was not highlighted in their reports.
The field trials of the 155 mm, 39-calibre guns manufactured by BAE systems were Joint exercise between Indian Army and BAE Personnel who are in India for Homologation process with Indian made ammunition. Both Indian Army and BAE systems have not confirmed nor denied that Barrel Burst was due to faulty Indian ammunition nor any inquiry report hints at it, yet Indian media were quick to blame it on faulty Indian ammunition.
M-777 as recently as last month while carrying out routine exercises in Iraq Killed 2 US soldiers and injured 5 when the gun malfunctioned and the shell exploded. U.S. army is still investigating the matter and has ordered and the inquiry report it was not the first case of M-777 exploding.
In 2011 Ten military personnel belonging to U.S. Marines were injured when an artillery cannon exploded at Fort Bragg. M-777A2 had suffered another Barrel Burst.
In 2014 One Solider from elite airborne infantry division of the United States Army was killed and another injured during artillery live-fire training involving M777 light, towed howitzer.
In 2014 again M777 exploded and Three soldiers belonging to Australian Army were injured.
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