The U.S. Army has released footage showed a test firing of the Brutus, an experimental 155mm forward recoiling howitzer mounted on an FMTV ( Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles).
1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, showed the Brutus, an experimental 155mm forward recoiling howitzer mounted on an FMTV during artillery demonstration at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
The U.S. Army developed an experimental 155mm truck-mounted howitzer based on experience gained in Syria and Iraq.
The Brutus is a 155mm truck-mounted howitzer for increased mobility and enhanced firing capabilities. Experimental 155mm howitzer installed on an FMTV 6X6 truck chassis.
Howitzer is capable of using a wide range of ammunition for deployment against protected and unprotected targets, to create counter-mobility obstacles to block the manoeuvres of enemy armoured forces and to obscure or illuminate an area.
No further details on the howitzer have been released but noted that the U.S. Army interested in new, more mobile, lightweight artillery pieces.
It is expected that new mobile truck-mounted 155mm howitzer could replace the M119 and M777 towed howitzers currently at service of the U.S. Army and Marines.
The first photos of experimental truck-mounted howitzer were published on the Facebook page of the 75th Field Artillery Brigade (artillery brigade in the United States Army) on 26 October.