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M198 howitzer

The M198 howitzer is a medium-towed artillery piece. It can be dropped by parachute or transported by a CH-47 Chinook. The M198 is deployed in separate corps- and Army-level field artillery units, as well as in artillery battalions of light and airborne divisions. It also provides field artillery fire support for all US Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force organizations.

General Characteristics

  • Length:
    • In tow: 12.3 meters (40 feet, 6 inches)
    • Firing: 11 meters (36 feet, 2 inches)
  • Width in tow: 2.8 meters (9 feet, 2 inches)
  • Height in tow: 2.9 meters (9 feet, 6 inches)
  • Weight: 7,154 kilograms (15,758 pounds)
  • Bore diameter: 155mm
  • Maximum effective range:
    • conventional ammunition: 22,400 meters (14 miles)
    • rocket-assisted projectile: 30,000 meters (18.6 miles)
  • Rate of Fire:
    • Maximum: 4 rounds per minute
    • Sustained: 2 rounds per minute
  • Crew: 9 enlisted
  • Unit Replacement Cost: US$527,337

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