The M198 Howitzer is the Army's big hitting artillery piece. Its role is to provide fire support for infantry from distances up to 22km away using a range of different ammunition. Able to be towed by truck or even lifted into place via Chinook helicopter, it can be firing within 10 minutes of being deployed.
Artillery usually fire from a position where they cannot directly see the target they are aiming at, often from many kilometres away. To accurately hit a target, a number of key elements need to be in place to help the gun team.
Crew: 10 personnel operate an M198
Weight: 7 Tonnes
Max Range: 22km
Rate of Fire: Max of four rounds per minute
The M198 can use a range of different ammunition, depending on the role required. Smoke can be fired to provide cover for infantry at the front line or illumination rounds to light up the sky at night time over an enemy. Also, a range of explosive rounds are available to deal with armoured vehicles or buildings.
An Artilleryman is part of the highly motivated team that operates the M198 Howitzer. They are skilled in all aspects of its use and trained in each role required to operate it to maximum effect. Learn more