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M198 Howitzer

The M198 155mm howitzer is a towed field artillery piece of a split trail carriage design. It is equipped with a double baffle muzzle brake and a variable length hydropneumatic recoil mechanism. The M198 is capable of providing fire support in both indirect and direct fire capacities. It is air-transportable by C-5 or C-17 aircraft, and can be slung externally by CH-47 or CH-53E heavy lift helicopters, however it is not compatible with the V-22 Osprey.
M198 Howitzer Copyright © U.S. Army

Status

In active service (being replaced by the M777 Light Towed Howitzer)

Contractor

Manufactured by: Rock Island Arsenal

Crew

9 Operating Crew

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length (in tow): 12.34 meters 40.49 feet
Length (firing): 11.2 meters 36.15 feet
Width: 2.79 meters 9.15 feet
Height: 2.9 meters 9.51 feet
Weight
Weight: ~7 163 kilograms 15 792 pounds