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[*] posted on 10-4-2019 at 04:59 PM


Rheinmetall to Supply German Military with Tens of Thousands of Artillery Shells

(Source: Rheinmetall; issued April 08, 2019)

The German Bundeswehr has contracted with Rheinmetall to supply it with artillery ammunition. Worth around €109 million (including value added tax), the framework contract encompasses the supply of over 32,000 rounds, with an option for a further 11,000 worth around €37 million (including VAT).

Delivery is slated to begin in 2019. The contract runs for a period of five years. Rheinmetall Waffe Munition will produce the 155mm artillery ammunition in Unterlüß.

The ammunition ordered by the Bundeswehr is the 155mm DM121, which can attain ranges of up to 30 kilometres when fired from the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer. Featuring insensitive characteristics, this high explosive round can also be used in training operations and field exercises. Annual consumption will therefore be in the region of several thousand rounds. Just awarded, the order follows a first batch of 30,000 procured by the Bundeswehr in 2009.

Developed by Rheinmetall, the DM121 features outstanding performance parameters. The shell, which contains several kilos of high-performance explosive, can reach targets up to 30 kilometres away. It is also highly accurate: at the maximum range, approximately 85% of all shells land within an area the size of a football pitch.

Owing to the interplay of high-quality components, the DM121 is capable of penetrating a several-centimetre-thick wall of reinforced concrete before detonating in controlled fashion on the opposite side. Designed to operate safely and reliably at temperatures ranging from -46°C to +63°C, the DM121 attains the same excellent degree of effectiveness in all climate zones worldwide.

The insensitive explosive not only produces a devastating effect on and in the target, but also protects friendly forces if the ammunition is hit by hostile fire or exposed to other forms of mechanical stress, etc.

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[*] posted on 13-4-2019 at 11:43 AM


Ukrainian 1L220UK counter-battery radar completes field tests

Matteo Natalucci, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

12 April 2019


The 1L220UK counter-battery radar has completed field trials. Source: Ukroboronprom

The Ukrainian armed forces have completed field tests of a new version of the domestically produced 1L220UK counter-battery artillery reconnaissance system, the country's state concern Ukroboronprom announced on 8 April.

The counter-battery radar was designed by the Zaporizhia-based Iskra research centre.

"Based on the test protocols, signed by members of the public commission, an act of state tests will be drawn up in which, according to available information, it will be recommended that the 1L220UK radar enters service with the armed forces of Ukraine," the company said in a press release.

The mobile weapon locating system is designed to detect and track the point of origin of incoming artillery shells and rockets to direct counter-battery fire. The system uses its radar to track the trajectory of a shell or rocket and calculates its point of origin and impact.

According to the company, the radar's digital active phased-array antenna allows operators to deploy the counter-battery radar dozens of kilometres from enemy positions, observing them in a 180° field of view.

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[*] posted on 16-4-2019 at 08:32 PM


Elbit-Barhat Forge to supply Athos 2052 155mm howitzers to Indian Army

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 16 APRIL 2019 09:34

At the end of several rounds of tendering and trials since the beginning of the last decade, the Israeli company Elbit Systems has won the Indian Army’s 155 mm/52 calibre towed artillery gun competition, of which the import content alone is valued at over $ 1 Billion. Elbit’s Indian partner is Bharat Forge, Indian Defence News reports.


Elbit Systems Athos 2052 towed gun (Picture source: Elbit Systems)

“The Elbit-Bharat Forge bid for the Athos 2052 howitzer was found significantly lower than that of French Nexter, which offered the Trajan gun jointly with its Indian partner Larsen & Toubro”, sources told Indian Defence News. The Elbit-Bharat Forge is said to have pulled its price below even that of the Dhanush 155 mm/42 calibre artillery gun produced by the Ordnance Factory Board of which the first six were handed over to the Indian Army on April 8.

While the requirement is for 1,580 towed guns, reports have suggested the possibility of the order being pruned to 400 imported guns. For the acquisition of the remaining 1,180 guns which were meant to be made in India under transfer of technology, the Government may opt instead for the indigenous Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in partnership with Tata Power SED and Bharat Forge.

The Indian Army’s Field Artillery Rationalisation Programme (FARP) was approved in 1999 to equip 169 artillery regiments with over 3,000 155 mm guns by 2027. One artillery regiment is usually equipped with 18 guns. Cost estimates are in the $8 to 10 Billion bracket. The programme, involving the acquisition of 1,580 towed, 400 self-propelled, 814 mounted and 145 ultra-light howitzers, will take decades for fruition. The order for 114 Dhanush guns may also grow to 400.

Adrift for two decades, India’s artillery modernisation plan appears finally falling into place. In 2018, the Indian Army started inducting the M777A2 ultra-light howitzers and the K-9 Vajra tracked self-propelled guns. Both these guns are in the 155 mm/152 calibre class and the Indian Army’s first new artillery inductions since the infamous Bofors deal in 1986. The Dhanush, an upgrade of the Bofors FH-77B by the OFB, too has provided some cheer. The Army is buying 145 M777s, 100 K-9 Vajras, and has committed an order for 114 Dhanush guns after receiving the first six, Indian Defence News concludes.
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[*] posted on 19-4-2019 at 01:40 PM


Denmark introduces CAESAR 155 mm, Piranha 120 mm indirect fire systems

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's International Defence Review

18 April 2019



The Danish Army indirect fire support capability is being refreshed with the introduction of two new systems: the French Nexter Systems CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery system and the General Dynamics European Land Systems MOWAG Piranha 5 modified to carry the latest generation Cardom 10 120 mm mortar system.

These two programmes are being run by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) and will replace legacy indirect fire assets.

Details of these new systems were provided at a recent Omega Future Indirect Fires and Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, UK, by Major Michael Johnsson of the Danish Army.
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[*] posted on 19-4-2019 at 06:53 PM


Israel inks deal with Elbit for advanced ‘artillery of the future’

By: Seth J. Frantzman   16 hours ago

Some initial indications are that this may be a fully-enclosed turret munted on an armoured truck or 8x8 / 10x10 high mobility vehicle.........most think it unlikely to be a tracked vehicle BUT who knows, could be both?! The turret could make the switch between the two drive chassis relatively easy.......

JERUSALEM — Israel has signed a deal that will further its plans to deploy “artillery of the future,” the Ministry of Defense announced.

Israel’s future artillery effort could solve operational challenges the country faces in the north, potentially in Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. It also represents a commitment to investing in its ground forces in future conflicts.

Retired Gen. Udi Adam, the director general of the MoD, signed a deal with Elbit Systems for the development and acquisition of “advanced artillery systems to replace the existing ones” fielded by the Israel Defense Forces, the ministry announced March 27.

“This is one of the largest and most complex procurement plans in the history of the ground forces,” the ministry added. The system is expected to be deployed over the next decade.

Israel has carried out initial tests of the technology and identified engineering challenges. “The next stage of development has begun: prototype production and preparations for serial production,” the ministry noted.

According to a high-ranking retired officer with knowledge of this technology, the decision is no small matter. After the Second Lebanon War, he said, the need to improve Israel’s artillery wasn’t a priority, but now “as big and strong as the Air Force is, the ground forces need close suppose in immediate time in all-weather conditions.”

The challenge is finding a system that is more accurate and efficient than the aging M109 155mm howitzers that are a backbone of the military.

Israel previously considered Elbit’s Atmos 155mm self-propelled howitzer for the gun. And according to local daily Globes, in 2017 Israel Aerospace Industries, Israel Military Industries, and German firms Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall jointly pitched a system to Israel’s MoD for a program worth about $800 million.

KMW and Rheinmetall make the Panzerhaubitze 2000 advanced artillery system that can fire 10 rounds a minute and has seen action in Afghanistan. However, Israel has shown a preference toward locally produced systems.

The IDF wants a cannon with a high rate of fire and a 155mm, 52-caliber barrel capable of firing at a range of about 40 kilometers. Israel experimented with a system called Sholef in the 1980s. The deal signed last month represents Israel’s next attempt to produce an indigenous system, building on the experience of South Korea’s K9 Thunder, Sweden’s Archer artillery system and the American-made XM2001 Crusader, which was never operational.

The high-ranking retired officer described the “artillery of the future” as a third-generation, fully automated system that incorporates the latest technology in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence.

“The advanced system will be capable of automatic charging and laying,” the ministry said in its announcement. “The system automatically selects, depending on the mission, the type of shell, detonator and required fuse, automatically loading.” In other words, such capability reduces the number of soldiers needed to operate the system.

The retired officer added that having an advanced automated system without soldiers in the turret of the vehicle would be unique.

Israel’s artillery corps is already making use of the newest technology, combining cannons with missiles, rockets and UAVs, and taking lessons learned from the 2014 Gaza War, such as the need for precision in urban combat. That tech includes systems such as IAI’s Top Gun, the Tammuz missile and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System.
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IDEF 2019: Next Generation FIRTINA NG 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 30 APRIL 2019 18:37

The Turkish-made T-155 FIRTINA 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer equipped with ASELSAN’s New Generation Fire Control System showcases for the first time in the demonstration area of the Ministry of National Defense, General Directorate of Military Factories at IDEF 2019, Defense Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey.


New Firtina NG Next Generation 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer at IDEF 2019, defense exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. April 30, 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Howitzers are one of two primary types of field artillery and probably the most powerful one. ASELSAN has signed a new contract with Turkish procurement authority, Turkish Presidency of Defence Industries for “New Generation Fire Control System for T-155 FIRTINA Self Propelled Howitzers”.

In fact, this contract is not an entry point for ASELSAN on Fire Control Systems domain. In contrary, ASELSAN has been providing artillery fire control systems for nearly two decades. Among the portfolio of the company, Main Battle Tank Modernization, Self Propelled and Towed Howitzer Modernization, Multiple Launch Rocket Fire Control Systems as well as Fire Support Command Control Systems are the most significant examples of field-proven artillery modernization capabilities.

The T-155 FIRTINA Howitzers are in the inventory of the Turkish Army since the early 2000s and the Fire Control System was already developed and supplied by ASELSAN. The New Generation Fire Control System for T-155 Self Propelled Howitzers has been developed according to the feedback from the battlefield, taking into account the recent technological developments as well as the emerging requirements that showed up in parallel to new concepts in the battlefield.

The most important aspect of Turkish T-155 FIRTINA Howitzers is that they have been actively used in border security and cross-border operations of Turkey in the scope of counter-terrorism and increased the technology-based power of modern Turkish artillery.

From the date it was first used till today, FIRTINA Howitzer has shown that it is one of the most important weapon systems of Turkish Armed Forces and has greatly increased the firepower of Turkish Artillery.
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[*] posted on 5-5-2019 at 06:41 PM


IDEF 2019: Turkish-made Electromagnetic Rail Gun unveiled by Yeteknoloji

POSTED ON SATURDAY, 04 MAY 2019 15:44

Turkish Company Yeteknoloji unveils its project of Electromagnetic Rail Gun technology dubbed SAHI 209 during IDEF 2019, the International Defense Exhibition in Turkey. Yeteknoloji A.Ş. which was started to find national solutions and original designs on Electromagnetic Rail Gun Technology works on electromagnetic rail gun, electromagnetic catapult and high technology systems.


SAHI 2019 Electromagnetic Rail Gun developed by Turkish Company Yeteknoloji at IDEF 2019, defense exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. May 1, 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)

In Turkey, works in the technological field started with pulse power supply production activities in 1972 and continued with the development of the first electronically controlled switching high current control system in 1985 since the first conceptual model in 2008 until today.

With this gamechanger technology, the rail gun has the potential to be an effective alternative in defense and attack against hypersonic weapons which are a source of concern in the world. The system, rather than replacing existing systems, as a support element for them; It has the ability to perform operations with maximum security, be very advantageous in terms of logistics, and to execute operations with cheaper and faster hits on the target than other systems.

The working principle of the electromagnetic rail gun system called as future defense technology game changer which does not need gunpowder; The magnetic field generated by the high current is based on the propulsion of ammunition or projectile at very high speeds, such as 6 times the speed of sound.

Made official acceptance by the Presidency of Defense Industries in July 2018 Turkey’s first and the world’s third fieldable RAIL GUN system which field-tested “directed energy weapon” and completely developed with national resources ŞAHİ-209 Block1, 1-megajoule pulsed power supply, with 300 gram weight ammunition has a range of 10 kilometers. It can be effective in 50 km range with maximum 10-megajoule pulse power supply which is a new version of ŞAHİ-209 Block2. ŞAHİ 209 Block 2, which has a hypersonic muzzle velocity has a barrel length of 7 meters, started field tests and successfully performed the first shots.

Using electricity instead of an explosive propellant for launch provides ease of logistics, ease of use, operation – storage security. It can shoot at hypersonic velocities at and above MACH 6 with a very low cost compared to conventional gunpowder systems. RAIL GUN, which has a very low radar cross-sectional area which is faster at hit to the target, which is very difficult to detect. It has a much higher and more destructive power.
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[*] posted on 6-5-2019 at 04:24 AM


I can appreciate the Warhammer 40K etc aesthetic they were aiming for.....



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Funny, exactly the same thought occurred to me...



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[*] posted on 18-5-2019 at 01:04 PM


FMV Supported Dutch Tests

(Source: Swedish Defence Matériel Agency, FMV; issued May 17, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defesne-Aerospace.com)

FMV supported the Dutch test shoots with the Excalibur munition at Älvdalen's firing range.

When the Netherlands performed firing with the Excalibur artillery projectile at Älvdalen's firing range, the FMV team documented the process with high-speed cameras, drones and doppler radar. FMV Test & Evaluation carries out assignments for other countries' defense forces and industries, to make it possible to maintain the Swedish test and trial ability.

FMV Test & Evaluation, T&E, are experts in the testing of military equipment in all forms. The missions come primarily from the Swedish Armed Forces, but the occupancy rate is not high enough to keep the business fully operational.

“We need some assignments for other countries' defense forces and industry to be able to maintain the broad and deep expertise and technical equipment needed to be able to have the capacity for all types of tests and trials,” says Fredrik Bergman, head of FMV T&E.

When a Dutch team from their Fire Support Command came to Älvdalen's training and shooting field with personnel and equipment, the purpose was to verify the artillery control chain when firing with the Excalibur artillery round.

FMV T&E documented the Excalibur shots with high-speed cameras and drones at the target. The projectile tracks were recorded with Doppler radar. T&E also filmed around and during the exercise to compile material from the entire process and the effect of the projectile on different targets, from ammunition loading of the artillery piece to detonation in the target.

Facts:

Excalibur is a 155 mm artillery grenade that has been named after the sword in the legend of King Arthur. The grenade was developed by Raytheon and Swedish-based BAE Systems Bofors. Raytheon was responsible for the navigational part, while Bofors was responsible for the fuselage, the part and the base as well as the ballistic ability.

The grenade is precision-controlled and is guided towards its target using GPS. It is fired at a high angle and flies to a maximum altitude of up to 15,000 meters, where its wings are un-folded the grenade begins to fly toward the target.

During the final part of its trajectory, the munition drops almost vertically, which optimizes explosive action and precision. Excalibur can carry several types of warheads and has a range of about 50 km.

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[*] posted on 23-5-2019 at 09:26 PM


KMW’s Remote Controlled Howitzer 155 moves ahead

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's International Defence Review

22 May 2019

Hallo my pretty! :cool: :smilegrin:

Germany's Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) is continuing to invest in developing its private venture remote-controlled Artillery Gun Module (AGM) that, when integrated onto the rear of the Boxer 8×8 Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV), is now being referred to as the Remote Controlled Howitzer 155 (RCH 155).

The AGM was originally mounted on a modified multiple-launch rocket system tracked platform, followed by a new tracked platform developed by General Dynamics European Land Systems - Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS).

Firing trials with the RCH 155 were carried out at the German WTD 41 proving ground with the AGM traversed front, left, and right without the use of stabilisers, according to KMW.


The KMW RCH 155 mates the Boxer 8x8 MRAV platform with the KMW Artillery Gun Module mounted on the rear. (Christopher F Foss)

Trials demonstrated that it can come into action, carry out an eight-round fire mission, and then redeploy in less than 90 seconds. In addition, it can carry out multi-round simultaneous impact (MRSI) fire missions.

The German Army has a requirement for a wheeled 155 mm self-propelled (SP) artillery system that is expected to be met by the RCH 155. When deployed this would supplement, not replace, the legacy KMW PzH 2000 155 mm/52 calibre SPH.

KMW will complete an additional RCH 155 in about 18-24 months, which will have improvements including a lower profile by about 30 cm to enable the compete RCH 155 to be transported by rail.

A remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a .50 calibre machine gun will be fitted on the left side of the roof, and this could be used as a sight for use in the direct-fire role. When not required, this RWS would be folded forwards to reduce the overall height of the system.

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The Australian Army will take 36 please.

Ah who am I kidding, they will fuck this up as well.




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[*] posted on 25-5-2019 at 05:12 PM


Quote: Originally posted by unicorn  
The Australian Army will take 36 please.

Ah who am I kidding, they will fuck this up as well.


A few more would be better. Offset the cost by mothballing the entire M777A2 fleet...




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India conducts firing trials of ATAGS howitzer in Rajasthan

POSTED ON MONDAY, 27 MAY 2019 13:33

Final firing tests of the indigenously developed Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) have begun from Friday at Pokhran field firing range of Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district. Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) and senior army officers were present at the trials, LatestLY reports.


155mm/52 cal. Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) displayed at DefExpo India 2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The ATAGS is a 155 mm/52 calibre gun with a theoretical firing range of 40 km. The gun currently weighs about 18 tonnes, while the ideal weight for the army would be 14-15 tonnes. The Indian Army has begun finalising the preliminary specifications qualitative requirements (PSQR) which should be completed by July 2019, reported The Times of India. In the earlier trials which were conducted in December 2018, the gun had fired on targets distant of 47.2 km.

According to the report, on Friday, May 24, the gun had fired 48 rounds. On Saturday, 12 rounds were fired. The trials are going on for four more days. The Defence ministry has already approved the in-principle purchase of 150 of these guns. However, so far, the DRDO has sanctioned funds for the production of 10 guns only.

The guns will be produced by the DRDO in two separate contracts – one with Tata Power and another with Kaveri Group (Bharat Forge). According to the report, the lowest bidder will get a larger order.


155mm/52 cal. Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) displayed at DefExpo India 2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)
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India to conclude user trials of first locally developed howitzer

Rahul Bedi, New Delhi - Jane's Defence Weekly

30 May 2019

The Indian Army (IA) is expected to successfully complete user trials of the 155 mm/52 calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) within the next two months: a move that would pave the way to start series production of India's first locally designed howitzer.

Industry sources told Jane's that two different prototypes of the ATAGS, which was jointly developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and private-sector companies Tata Power SED, Bharat Forge and Kalyani Strategic Systems, have been undergoing trials with the IA since 24 May at Pokhran in India's north-western desert region.


India's locally built 155 mm/52 calibre ATAGS was displayed at the 11-14 April Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai. The IA is expected to soon complete user trails, thus paving the way for series production of the weapon. (IHS Markit/Guruprasad Gangaramaiah)

They said that once these trials are completed around July, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will issue a request for proposals to both Tata Power, which provided the 'G1' prototype, and Bharat Forge, which provided the 'G2' prototype, for the supply of 150 guns for the IA for an estimated INR36.65 billion (USD524 million). The MoD's Defence Acquisition Council had approved the ATAGS procurement in August 2018.

Thereafter, one of two howitzer prototypes, either Tata Power's G1 or Bharat Forge's G2, is expected to be shortlisted for procurement based on performance and commercial bids.

Officials said the lowest bidder, or L1, will be awarded a contract to build 100 of the 150 ATAGSs while the runner-up will be allowed to manufacture the remaining 50 guns (of the same model) in what will be India's first-ever public-private partnership (PPP) project in the defence sector.

The ATAGS programme was launched in 2013 by the DRDO's Armament Research & Development Establishment to boost the IA's depreciated artillery profile. In September 2017 the gun set a local record by firing three shells, reportedly undisclosed model high-explosive base bleed (HE-BB) projectiles, to a distance of 47.2 km at Pokhran.

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Israel invests in new artillery with ATMOS automatic howitzer guns by Elbit Systems

Posted On Friday, 31 May 2019 12:51

Elbit officially announced that it has been awarded a $125 million (NIS 460 million) contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense to supply fully automatic self-propelled howitzer gun systems to the Israeli Defense Forces.


The 8×8 and 6×6 variants of Elbit’s ATMOS self-propelled 155 mm howitzer (Picture source: Elbit Systems)

The contract, which also includes the supply of training simulators, will be performed over a 12-year period. The ATMOS automatic howitzer guns will replace the aging M-109 artillery guns that have been serving the IDF for the past 40 years.

About half the work will be done by Elbit’s subsidiaries and partners in the United States, a sign of how Israeli defense spending has shifted since Washington restricted its ally’s ability to spend US aid on non-US products.

Elbit Systems’ ATMOS is a 155mm/52 caliber truck-mounted howitzer that offers the advantages of superior fire power, enhanced mobility and rapid response time. Highly adaptable, the modular ATMOS system is compatible with any 6x6 or 8x8 high-mobility tactical truck.

ATMOS supplies fire support for all types of missions and can be easily interfaced with customers’ existing C4I systems.Part of Elbit Systems’ line of fully integrated, modular artillery solutions, ATMOS incorporates an embedded electronic suite, automatic laying system and automatic loading system. The advanced electronic suite effectively enables accurate navigation and autonomous operation, reduced crew size, increased fire power and high precision accuracy.
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Israelis Invest In New Artillery: ATMOS Mobile Howitzer

The IDF plans to replace hundreds of aging American M109s with Elbit's ATMOS, which is 50 percent made in the US.

By Arie Egozi

on May 31, 2019 at 7:15 AM


The 8×8 and 6×6 variants of Elbit’s ATMOS self-propelled 155 mm howitzer.

TEL AVIV: The Israeli government just awarded the initial, $125 million contract of a planned 12-year, $280 million program to replace its tank-like M109 howitzers with Elbit’s wheeled ATMOS. About half the work will be done by Elbit’s subsidiaries and partners in the United States, a sign of how Israeli defense spending has shifted since Washington restricted its ally’s ability to spend US aid on non-US products.

The investment also shows how good old-fashioned 155 mm shells still play a vital role in a Mideast roiled by Hezbollah rockets and Iranian missile tests. Even in an age of smart weapons, when you need to bombard a target, it turns out that quantity still has a quality of its own.

“Smart rockets and missiles are an excellent way of hitting enemy targets, but when the infantry has to force the enemy to retreat from a site, it needs the firepower of the artillery — which is relatively cheap compared with the new smart weapons,” one former commander of the IDF artillery corps told Breaking Defense. “Artillery is the best way of creating a smoke curtain around an enemy stronghold and keeping the enemy in the trenches by constant fire. Using smart weapons for these missions would cost huge sums of money.”

The US Army, facing off against the massive Russian artillery force, is also investing heavily in cannon as well as missiles. In fact, one of the Army’s most ambitious programs is a hybrid: a Strategic Long-Range Cannon that uses gunpowder to launch rocket-propelled projectiles with an intended range of over 1,000 miles.

More mundanely, the Americans are modernizing their venerable M109 Paladin howitzers in two stages. First, the Paladin Improvement Program (PIM) is currently rebuilding the hull with an all-new engine, transmission, and suspension. Next, the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) effort will upgrade the gun with an automatic loader and longer barrel. While the first M109s entered service in 1963 and fought in Vietnam, there’s very little of the original vehicle left after seven generations of upgrades.


RAP: Rocket Assisted Projectile (current M549A1 or future XM1113). ERCA: Extended Range Cannon Artillery. GMLRS-ER: Guided Multiple-Launch Rocket System – Extended-Range. ATACMS: Army Tactical Missile System. PRSM: Precision Strike Missile.
SOURCE: US Army. SLRC and Hypersonic Missile ranges as reported in Army Times.

So why aren’t the Israelis just upgrading their M109s again, which they’ve already repeatedly modernized since they first saw action in the 1973 Yom Kippur War? First of all, compared to America’s, the Israeli machines are older and increasingly worn out: Many entered IDF service second-hand after long, hard service in the US. Second, the M109 is tracked, like a tank, and while that allows it to carry more armor than a wheeled vehicle and move over rougher terrain, it also makes it more labor-intensive and expensive to maintain. Wheeled vehicles, while generally less well protected and less mobile off-road, are also cheaper.


Nations implementing the global Cluster Munitions Convention.

From German Guns To Israeli Ones

Now, the Israelis had originally considered a German system, the Artillery Gun Module, which Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) offers in both tracked and wheeled versions. But the Israeli government is increasingly concerned that foreign governments will either forbid sales to Israel or, arguably worse, allow the initial sale only to cut off technical support in protest against some operation that caused civilian casualties. Germany in particular has been so quick to halt arms deals, notably with Saudi Arabia, that it’s aggravated their frequent partners on defense programs, the French.

The potential for sanctions is especially acute when it comes to artillery, because Germany is one of 120 nations to have signed a global ban on cluster munitions, while Israel has not. Israel used these wide-area weapons extensively in the 2006 war in Lebanon, reportedly leaving behind enough unexploded bomblets to kill roughly 40 people after hostilities ceased. While Israel has developed new cluster munitions with a lower dud rate, senior officials feared that would not satisfy the scrupulous Germans.

So Israel turned to a domestically built alternative, Elbit’s ATMOS, a contrived acronym for Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System. (Like the KMW gun and the M109, ATMOS uses NATO-standard 155 mm shells). Now, to comply with new US rules requiring most Foreign Military Financing aid to be spent on US companies, half the work is done in the United States. The US had signed the Cluster Munitions Convention and even started destroying its cluster stockpiles, to the dismay of military analysts worried about Russia — but the Trump Administration stopped that process and kept the weapons in service. That decision and the close US-Israeli relationship apparently gave Tel Aviv the confidence to buy a system 50 percent built in the US.

The sole-source contract is a big deal for Elbit, which has exported variants of ATMOS to multiple countries — most recently Thailand — but had not originally targeted the domestic market in Israel. The IDF has requested some classified modifications. What we can say with confidence is that the wheeled ATMOS will be easier to maintain than the aging tracked M109s and will feature much more automation, including a mechanical loader, that reduces the gun crew from 10 on the M109 to just four. Meanwhile the range will increase to 41 kilometers (over 25 miles), almost identical to the American ERCA — making good old-fashioned cannon more competitive with missiles.

Sydney Freedberg also contributed to this story.
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[*] posted on 3-6-2019 at 07:20 PM


Some comments from Sturgeon House gentleman who seem to know what he is talking about. It appears the new Israeli SPH is going to be a two-phase program, possibly with the first half being HEMTT truck-mounted, Automatic Howitzer turret-mounted. The second half pf the program is thought to be Tracked vehicle mounted with the same/updated unmanned turret for a 155mm howitzer. Anyways read on:


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The first tranche is expected to be truck-based, but not the 2nd one. The 2nd is still undecided.

Main problem is that the IDF does not have a proper tracked platform for an SPH. And cannot take the time to develop a new one to serve only the new howitzer.

The Merkava is not only too heavy but too fuel guzzling and difficult to maintain compared with a truck. And it requires HETs, while a truck could drive on its own.

It's why they went with the Eitan. They say its sustainment cost is only 10% of the Namer's.

Both Gaza and Lebanon+Syria are complex environments. The IDF knows they will face a multi fronted war next time, so they will have to dedicate multiple spearheading divisions to each theater, and it's quite difficult to impose an overwhelming force with such a split. So shifting forces quickly between fronts is necessary.

A proper tracked platform will come to existence only in a few years for the Kaliyah project (what is wrongly known as the Carmel). The IDF does NOT have that time.

The M109 should have been replaced over a decade ago.



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With Rafael's Fire Weaver, Match Guide, and BNET, plus IAI's autonomous driving tech, it's technically possible to make this howitzer completely unmanned. Unfortunately, no such cooperation is known yet between Elbit and these companies. Only the Fire Weaver might go through, because Elbit will have to conform to the IDF's network demands, but Elbit is in control of the BMS market in the IDF, and the Fire Weaver is still only a proposal. Nothing from the IDF yet on its acquisition.

I'm inclined to believe Elbit will have a rival product to the Fire Weaver, but it's nowhere near as transparent as Rafael on the subject. With Rafael, you can expect some new video showcasing their recent developments every few days. With Elbit, you can wait months on end and still get nothing.

What I think will definitely go through is an Elbit-Rafael cooperation on Match Guide, because Rafael dominates the image processing market. For those who don't know, Match Guide is a technology to assign coordinates to a target based on visual data instead of GPS. Some initial reference is always required, so GPS is needed to a certain extent, but beyond that all calculations can be done independently of GPS. For example an AFV deploys from a staging point with GPS signal, but is cut off halfway through the mission. It can complete the mission with Match Guide instead, with the location reference point being the initial GPS signal it worked with.

Anyway, a Donar-like concept is not going to work because the Bradley chassis is aging within the IDF. It's not a new one, and is in limited use only.

The current direction is a first tranche based on HEMTT trucks.

A 2nd tranche will be subject to a thorough examination of the pros and cons of the different platforms available at that time. A new 30-50 ton tracked platform is to be introduced by then, entering service in at least 1 variant by 2027, which means testing of a howitzer variant can begin as early as 2024/2025.

This is perfect for the 2nd tranche.
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[*] posted on 4-6-2019 at 05:54 AM


So let me get this straight every country we are every likely to fight is prepared to use cluster munitions and every country which is likely to be on the side of goodness and niceness has decided to place themselves at a disdvantage
Seems like bollocks to me
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Firing of Japanese Howitzer on Australian Soil Strengthens Bilateral Ties

(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued June 01, 2019)


The Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) fired its FH-70 Howitzers out to 25 kilometres for the first time in history while on exercise with the Australian Army at Shoalwater Bay Training Area on 22 May 2019. (AUS DoD photo)

Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) personnel have successfully fired two FH-70 howitzers out to 25 kilometres while in Australia.

This marks a historic first for the JGSDF, as there is no military range large enough in Japan to conduct such a long-range firing activity.

Japan’s firing of its howitzers took place at the ADF’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Southern Jackaroo, a two-week trilateral ground exercise involving Australia, Japan and the United States, which finishes on 4 June 2019.

The firing of FH-70 howitzers out to 25 kilometres is part of a suite of initiatives agreed to during the Australia-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministers’ Meeting in October 2018 which explored opportunities to increase the complexity and sophistication of our combined military exercises.

Captain Yutu Goto, a Fire Direction Officer for the JGSDF, said he was grateful to be able to use the Shoalwater Bay Training Area for their first ever long-range howitzer firing activity.

“The opportunity to be able to conduct this firing activity in Australia’s large training area has been very beneficial for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force,” Captain Goto said.

Commander of the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade, Brigadier Andrew Hocking, said Japan’s first ever 25-kilometre howitzer firing activity was a success for the JGSDF and the exercise.

“The Japan Ground Self Defense Force should be proud of the achievements it has made during this exercise and we were proud to be a part of it,” Brigadier Hocking said.

“The capability is complex, so to prove that their munitions and guns are effective at that range is a real accomplishment.

“This not only gives the Japan Ground Self Defense Force confidence, but it also gives us even more confidence to work closely with each other in support of peace and security,” he said.

Exercise Southern Jackaroo is just one example of the continued growth in Australia and Japan’s Defence relationship and the benefits of bilateral and trilateral defence training and exercising.

This exercise involved over 150 JGSDF troops along with around 300 United States Marine Rotational Force – Darwin members and over 260 soldiers from the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade.

Australia, Japan and the United States have shared interests in peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. Exercise Southern Jackeroo demonstrates the close defence relationship between the countries, shared commitment to increasing interoperability and deepening the sophistication of trilateral exercises.

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Nexter LG1 105mm Light Howitzer tested in Poland

Posted On Monday, 17 June 2019 12:04

French manufacturer Nexter demonstrated the capabilities of its 105 mm 105 LG1 Mk III light howitzer at the Central Air Force Training Range located in Ustka, Poland, Defence 24 reports.

The gun fired salvos of six rounds in less than 15 seconds at ranges p 17 kilometers with good accuracy, despite the strong wind.


Nexter LG1 Light Weight Howitzer as in service in the Belgian army (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The French howitzer system was tested for many days in Ustka last 29 May, in a variety of weather conditions present on the Polish coast during that period. In Poland, Nexter is represented by a company called Works 11, which organizes activities and presentations for the representatives of the Polish military branches that could be potentially interested in the product.

The demonstration performed on 29 May involved representatives of the General Command of the Armed Forces and of the 18th Mechanized Division that includes the 21st Highland Brigade, the 6th Airborne Brigade and certain Special Operations units.

As noted by Lt. Col. (res.) Marek Fordon who was managing the host of the demonstration on behalf of Works 11, the towed howitzers were withdrawn from the Polish army’s inventory two decades ago. Even though formally no necessity to acquire equipment as such has been expressed in the operational requirements, in some situations a light, mobile towed howitzer is still an optimal solution. This pertains to the highly-mobile elements in particular, namely during airborne operations.

Hence an interest for Nexter’s 105 LG1 Mk.III howitzer.

The LG1 howitzer itself has been operated since the 1990s. The Mark III is the latest digitized variant, benefiting from a firing solutions computer and an INS/GPS positioning system. The Topaz system used by the Polish artillery units may be integrated on Nexter’s LG1.

The manufacturer suggests that the design can withstand more than 20 years of service and its endurance, without failure, is defined as 1,500 shots. Meanwhile, the barrel offers EFC life of up to 7,000 shots. Legacy models of the gun are operated by the French, Belgian and Canadian armies and five non-NATO states all around the world. They are used by air-mobile units primarily, or by light infantry units that are forced to work in rough terrain conditions.
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[*] posted on 20-6-2019 at 08:50 PM


Germany plans expanded artillery capabilities

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's International Defence Review

19 June 2019


The Krauss-Maffei Wegmann PzH 2000 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled system is the only conventional tube artillery used by the German Army. Source: Krauss-Maffei Wegman

The German Army plans to expand its indirect fire capability and is emphasising its joint fires capability, according to Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Kraft, head of artillery and joint fires branch at the Germany Army's Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre.

The only conventional tube artillery used by the German Army is the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) tracked Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery system, of which a total of 185 were delivered by 2002 from the Kassel production line, but some of these have since been sold to Croatia and Lithuania.

The PzH 2000 has a high rate of fire as it has a semi-automatic handing system that automatically loads the fuzed 155 mm projectile, with the Rheinmetall Modular Charge System (MCS) loaded manually. The self-propelled artillery system carries a total of 60 155 mm artillery projectiles, but it weighs just over 55 tonnes and this limits deployability.

According to the German Army, current plans would take the 108 PzH 2000 through a mid-life upgrade, although the details of this have yet to be finalised.

New 155 mm munitions are to be procured to engage targets at longer ranges. This will include the Diehl Defence/Leonardo Vulcano 155 mm semi-active laser (SAL) guided projectile, which would enable engagements out to 70 km.

Today the German Army's only 155 mm precision artillery projectile is the GIWS SMArt 155, which carries to two top attack munitions. GIWS is a joint venture company formed by Diehl and Rheinmetall. The legacy rounds are running out of shelf life, and production is slated to start again with 'Phase 4' running from 2024 through 2027.

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Following their unsuccessful programme with the Swedish and the ARCHER ultra high mobility truck mounted 155mm SPG, the Norwegians went the route of the Korean K-9 THUNDER, now known as the K-9 VIDOR. Norse God of Vengeance...………this is the first vehicle going through Norwegian Army inspection prior to delivery.............info via Laser Shark at Sturgeon House Forums:



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Quote: Originally posted by redcoat  
So let me get this straight every country we are every likely to fight is prepared to use cluster munitions and every country which is likely to be on the side of goodness and niceness has decided to place themselves at a disdvantage
Seems like bollocks to me


Yup. We also choose NOT to acquire very long range strike weapons, air to air refuellers and AEW&C aircraft, UNLESS our neighbours say they are cool with it...

You know, cause it might kick off an arms race and they might acquire 12 Flankers, instead of 11... That sort of thing...




In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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[*] posted on 3-7-2019 at 09:14 AM


Serbia’s 105 mm M56 howitzer back in production

Christopher F Foss, Belgrade, Serbia - Jane's International Defence Review

02 July 2019

Production of the upgraded Serbian 105 mm M56 towed howitzer fitted with a 33-calibre barrel has commenced for an undisclosed export customer, which signed a contract for 36 weapons (two battalions, each with 18 weapons).

The contract, which was placed with Yugoimport SDPR in 2017, covers new M56s, and this is the first time that new M56/33 calibre howitzers have been built in Serbia. The first weapons will be sent in July.

The original M56 was developed for the former Yugoslavia and was exported to countries including Cyprus, El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, and Myanmar, but production was completed.

The M56 was fitted with a 105 mm, 27.8-calibre barrel with a triple baffle muzzle brake.

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