Soldiers are one step closer to receiving a digitized M119A2 howitzer that will make it possible for them to start firing rounds and evade return fire quicker.
The M119A2 is a lightweight 105mm howitzer that provides suppressive and protective fires for Infantry Brigade Combat Teams.
PEO Ammunition employees, with help from the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as ARDEC, recently shipped four M119A2s to various installations for safety testing.
We posted last week about the digitization of the 120mm mortar system. This is a similar upgrade of the 105mm M119 howitzer, the primary direct support artillery system in the Infantry Brigade Combat Teams.
In the current fight in Afghanistan, the need to “shoot and scoot” isn’t that great. But not all fights will be like that. Further, the digital fire control system will allow the 105mm family to employ guided munitions, greatly increasing their effectiveness.