American howitzers M-777 give the position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the GPS signal

American M-777 howitzers give out the positions of the Ukrainian military on a GPS signal.

The rapid defeat of the American M-777 light towed howitzers that arrived in Ukraine became possible due to the fact that these weapons use a global positioning system to adjust strikes using appropriate ammunition. As a result of communication with satellites, it is possible to establish the location of these field artillery assets with an accuracy of several meters according to the signals coming from the satellites.

Due to the fact that the Ukrainian military uses systems to communicate with satellites of the global positioning system, the process of detecting the positions of Ukrainian artillery takes no more than half an hour. Taking into account the rather low mobility of the M-777 howitzers, this allows you to quickly deliver retaliatory strikes on the positions of Ukrainian artillerymen. Self-propelled artillery installations in this regard are more practical, as they are able to quickly change their firing positions, however, as practice shows, there are also significant losses among the latter.

Today, taking into account official statements and data from open sources, only about 10 M-777 artillery pieces are in service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine, while about three dozen more howitzers are under repair and temporarily cannot be used for strikes.