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[*] posted on 30-4-2020 at 09:31 AM


Hanwha Defense K9 self-propelled howitzer deliveries to Norway still on track

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 29 APRIL 2020 15:19

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Korean defense manufacturer Hanwha Defense remains on track with its planned deliveries of 24 K9 self-propelled howitzers and 6 K10 automatic ammunition resupply vehicles to Norway by the end of 2020. The European country signed a contract with the firm in 2017..


K9 155mm self-propelled howitzer for Norway ready to be delivered. (Picture source Twitter account @TheBaseLeg)

"The main production facility for the K9, located in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, has been operating as normal without any delay to deliveries," a Hanwha official told The Korea Times. "The artillery is in full production and the first batch of the K9s is set to be shipped to Norway in May." Since November 2019, two K9s have been undergoing test trials, along with one K10. Starting in May 2020, the remaining vehicles on order are scheduled to be handed over to the Norwegian Army by October.

A couple of Hanwha's artillery experts were dispatched to Europe to help train Norwegian technicians to use the advanced artillery system, Kang Seung-woo reports in the Korea Times. "We are pleased that the construction of the artillery and the rest of the project is still going according to plan," Nils Inge Træen, from the Norwegian Defense Material Agency, was quoted as saying by a local engineering magazine on April 6.

On December 2017, Norway’s defense ministry has announced the purchase of the K9 155 artillery self-propelled howitzers designed and manufactured by the South Korean Company Hanwha Land Systems. The contract also includes the K10 resupply armored vehicles that will reach an amount of $383 million

This is the second Scandinav country after Finland that has purchased the South Korean K9 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer. In February 2017, the Finnish defense minister Jussi Niinistö has announced the purchase of 48 South Korean K9s artillery howitzers for a total amount of €146 million ($155 million).

Hanwha Defense has exported about 600 K9 guns to foreign countries, including Turkey, Poland Estonia and India. The K9 accounts for nearly 50% of the self-propelled howitzers being operated in the world.

The K9 nicknamed Thunder is a South Korean 155mm self-propelled howitzer based on tracked armored chassis developed by Samsung Techwin for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces and now manufactured by Hanwha Land Systems.

The main armament of the K9 Thunder consists of a 155 mm/52 caliber ordnance with a maximum firing range of 40 km. A total of 48 projectiles and their associated charges are carried for ready use. Internally an automatic loading system takes projectiles from the storage position and places them onto the ammunition tray ready for ramming.

This self-propelled howitzer has a crew of five, consisting of commander, driver, gunner, assistant gunner, and loader.
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[*] posted on 30-4-2020 at 08:10 PM


PLAGF brigade in Eastern Theatre Command also operates new 155 mm SPH

Gabriel Dominguez, London and Juan Ju, Bonn - Jane's Defence Weekly

29 April 2020


A screengrab from a CCTV 7 report shows at least 14 PLC-181 SPHs in service with a PLA artillery brigade in the Eastern Theatre Command. Source: CCTV 7

Chinese state-owned television has revealed that the People's Liberation Army Ground Force's (PLAGF's) new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer - believed to have the designation PLC-181 - is also being operated by an artillery brigade under the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) Eastern Theatre Command.

In a video posted online on 28 April, the China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7) channel reported that the 25-tonne SPH, which is manufactured by China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) and has the export designation SH-15, features an automatic gun-laying system, a semi-automatic ammunition loading system, a digitised control board, and has room for six personnel in the cabin area (including the driver). The video also shows that the brigade has been equipped with at least 15 units of the SPH.

No further details were provided regarding the system - which may also bear the designation PLL-18, as this meets previously understood PLA designation conventions - or concerning other PLAGF units currently operating the SPH, which has been in service since at least January 2019. At the time, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported that a PLAGF artillery brigade stationed in Tibet had been equipped with the new SPH to "boost its combat capability and improve border security".

According to Norinco, the SH-15, which is based on a 6×6 truck chassis and is capable of travelling at a top speed of 90 km/h on roads, is fitted with a 155 mm L52 howitzer capable of firing between four and six rounds per minute.

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[*] posted on 1-5-2020 at 12:01 PM


Serbia extends artillery range to 40 km

Igor Bozinovski, Skopje - Jane's Defence Weekly

30 April 2020


A KoV NORA-B52 M15 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled gun-howitzer achieved a range of 40 km during live firings on 25 April. Source: Serbian MoD

A Serbian-developed NORA-B52 M15 155 mm/52 calibre 8×8 wheeled self-propelled gun-howitzer and LRSVM M18 Modularni Oganj (Modular Fire) multiple rocket launcher (MRL) have achieved a range of 40 km during live firings, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 25-26 April.

The firings took place on the Pasuljanske livade training ground. Attending the test firing of the NORA-B52 by the Serbian Army's (KoV's) Mixed Artillery Brigade on 25 April, Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that it was the first time the army has fired a projectile 40 km since 1991, adding that this "has proven that we are able to regain the capabilities we once had".

The KoV's Technical Test Center test fired three G-2000 extended range rockets from a modernised Modularni Oganj system featuring a new armoured cabin.

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[*] posted on 4-5-2020 at 09:51 AM


Philippines will acquire two batteries of Elbit Soltam ATMOS 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers

POSTED ON SUNDAY, 03 MAY 2020 17:37

According to information published on the MaxDefense Philippines Facebook account on May 1, 2020, the Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has released the Notice to Proceed (NTP) for the acquisition of 2 batteries of Elbit Soltam ATMOS 155mm/52cal Self-Propelled Howitzer systems for the Philippine Army under the service's 155mm Howitzer, Self-Propelled System Acquisition Project.


Elbit Systems Soltam ATMOS 2000 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer at Eurosatory defense exhibition in June 2014. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The NTP (Notice to Proceed ) is the basis of the winning bidder, Elbit Systems Land & C4I, to proceed with producing the artillery systems, and is the basis of the delivery schedule.

MaxDefense already reported months ago that the contract for the project was already signed as early as January 2020. The NTP release was only made in April 2020 due in part to difficulties in conducting business due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Since the contract states that Elbit Systems should deliver all the products in 24 months, that means the Philippine Army should expect delivery of the ATMOS artillery systems before April 2022. And it is highly possible that Elbit may be able to deliver the first batch way ahead of April 2022.

The Soltam ATMOS is a 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer designed and manufactured by Israeli company Soltam Systems now a subdivision of Elbit Systems. The ATMOS 2000 is the latest generation of artillery system in the family of ATMOS. This artillery system is based on 6x6 military truck chassis that can be armed with 155mm 39, 45 and 52 caliber barrels.

The ATMOS 2000 fitted with the 155 52 caliber cannon has a maximum firing range of 41 km, using an Extended Range Full Bore Base Bleed (ERFB-BB) projectile. It is operated by a crew of four or six, including two loaders.
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[*] posted on 4-5-2020 at 09:54 AM


The Philippines will be buying the system with 52 calibre barrels, and mounted on a MAN 6x6 truck, not the Tatra truck shown in the pic.

Tatra doesn't have any agent/dealer presence in the Philippines, MAN does, simple as that.

This is the first of more orders expected in the future.
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[*] posted on 4-5-2020 at 08:56 PM


Ukraine: NVK Iskra launches mass production of Zoopark-3 counter-battery radar

POSTED ON MONDAY, 04 MAY 2020 07:51

NVK Iskra company started mass production of Ukrainian 1L220UK counter-battery radar, also known as Zoopark-3, company Director Yuri Paschenko announced. The first operational unit is scheduled for delivery to the Ukrainian Army by the end of the year.


1L220UK counter-battery radar, also known as Zoopark-3 (Picture source: Ukroboronprom)

“Delivery of the next one will be delayed due to the quarantine and is planned for early 2021,” Yuri Paschenko added. The exact quantity of radars ordered by the state is not disclosed, but it is known that up to ten units were scheduled for purchase during the initial stage of the project.

1L220UK is designed to discover the locations of enemy artillery positions. Thanks to a powerful radio locating station, it is capable to detect the shells, and the digital system reconstructs the flight trajectories of these. 'This allows to find out the accurate location of enemy guns, mortars, MLRS's and missile systems, as well as tactical missile launchers', Ukroboronprom stated. The capacity of the radar's digital active phase array antenna gives the opportunity to deploy the counter-battery radar in dozens of kilometers from the enemy position, observing the area in the sector of up to 180 degrees.

The 1L220UK counter-battery radar passed the field trials in April 2019 and showed performance above expected. The system was also presented on static display during the Independence Day of Ukraine.
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[*] posted on 5-5-2020 at 07:27 PM


Contract extension for use of Saab MAMBA artillery radar system by British army

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 05 MAY 2020 08:35

DE&S awarded a £46 million contract to extend the British Army’s use of its Saab Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Asset (MAMBA) weapon-locating radar systems.


A Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Asset (MAMBA) Radar in Al Amarah, Iraq, being used by K Battery, 5 Regt, Royal Artillery (RA), fitted on a Hägglunds BV-206 (Picture source: British army).

The contract secures the continued use of the life-saving critical operational counter-fire capability that has been in service since 2003, supporting operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. According to DE&S, the contract will see the company work with the Royal Artillery’s 5th regiment based in Catterick, to ensure the capability remains in service until 2026.

ARTHUR, an acronym for "Artillery Hunting Radar", is a Counter-battery radar system originally developed jointly for and in close co-operation with the Norwegian and Swedish armed forces by Ericsson Microwave Systems in both Sweden and Norway. It is also used by the British Army, under the name Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Radar, or Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Asset (MAMBA). It is a mobile, passive electronically scanned array C-Band radar for the purpose of enemy field artillery acquisition and was developed for the primary role as the core element of a brigade or division level counter-battery sensor system.

The MAMBA system works by giving advanced warning signals to troops on the front line by detecting incoming hostile fire. It is a highly-mobile weapon locating system, used for tasks including counter-battery missions and fire control, tactically deployed close to the forward line of troops. Based on the calculations produced by MAMBA, priorities are made and directions are provided for effective counter-battery fire. In fire control mode, MAMBA will track the projectiles of own fire and extrapolate the points of impact. In sense and warn mode, extrapolation of points of impact of incoming fire will trigger a timely warning to its own troops.

The radar is now developed by Saab Electronic Defence Systems (after EMW was sold to SAAB in June 2006) and Saab Technologies Norway AS. The vehicle carrying the radar was originally a Bandvagn BV206 developed and produced by Hägglunds but is now more often delivered on trucks with ISO fasteners.

Deliveries of the MAMBA mid-life extension will take place between 2022 and 2023, with the support contract covering 2020 to 2026.
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[*] posted on 6-5-2020 at 07:42 PM


Philippines to procure ATMOS gun system from Elbit

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - Jane's Defence Weekly

05 May 2020


The Philippine Army is set to acquire the ATMOS 155 mm artillery system (pictured) produced by Elbit Systems. Source: Elbit Systems

The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) is set to conclude its planned procurement of the ATMOS 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled gun system produced by Israeli firm Elbit Systems.

The DND told Jane's on 6 May that Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana issued a "notice to proceed" (NTP) supporting the ATMOS acquisition, which is valued at about USD47 million, in early April.

The guns will be acquired by the Philippine Army (PA), which will operate the systems through two batteries initiated under its Army Artillery Regiment (AAR) in January 2020.

The NTP provides Elbit with formal authority to start building the howitzers for the PA consistent with the terms of the contract, which was signed in early 2020. A delay in issuing the NTP is thought to be due to funding constraints.

The DND told Jane's that the contract was signed by the DND and International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) of the Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) and framed by an inter-government agreement.

It confirmed that the ATMOS contract has a value of PHP2.386 billion (USD47.2 million) and features the supply and delivery of 12 units. The gun systems are expected to be delivered to the PA from April 2022.

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[*] posted on 6-5-2020 at 07:52 PM


Wrong truck again and the wrong calibre barrel. that's a 39 calibre barrel not the 52 calibre ordered...........This is the MAN truck to be used, just the 6x6 version............



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[*] posted on 18-5-2020 at 10:06 PM


Test fires of Serbian army modernized 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer

POSTED ON MONDAY, 18 MAY 2020 09:17

On May 15, Serbian Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin attended livre-fire tests of the modernized 122mm self-propelled howitzer 2S1 Gvozdika at the Pasuljanske livade military complex.


122mm self-propelled howitzer 2S1 Gvozdika (Picture source: Serbian MoD)

Minister Vulin pointed out that Gvozdika is an artillery weapon which, according to the plans of some former ministers, should have been cut and removed from the Serbian Army: “As you can see, this is a great artillery tool, and with the modernization, we are currently working on, which you could see on this functional model, Gvozdika shows that it is extremely usable, very useful and will continue for a long, long time to serve in our Army”, Aleksandar Vulin emphasized.

According to him, its range has been increased, one of the most modern fire control systems has been installed, it is able to fire from a position after only 20 seconds of reaching the appropriate position. “It is much more comfortable for the crew itself, it has appropriate ballistic computers that are able to find and hit the target without counting and direct work of the soldiers. You have one modern and contemporary means that is incomparably cheaper than means of the same quality if they were imported” Minister Vulin pointed out.

What the Serbian Army was looking for was the modernization of the self-propelled howitzer Gvozdika. Previously adopted subsystems were applied to other weapons that were modernized and the required results were achieved: an increase of 38% in range with the use of two new types of artillery projectiles.

“Today, we tested shooting with four projectiles, and it is expected to achieve a simultaneous impact with six projectiles - which means that one weapon can replace an entire battery”, said Miloradovic who announced a very quick completion of this modernization and initial equipping of Serbian Army units by the end of the year. Lieutenant Colonel Predrag Puhača, from the Directorate for Development and Equipment, said “Today, we saw the technique of shooting "MRSI" that involves firing several projectiles from a weapon that all hit the same point at the same time”.
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[*] posted on 19-5-2020 at 11:48 AM


Raytheon Missiles & Defense, TNO Unveil New Ramjet-Powered Artillery Round: Extended-range munition to double US Army’s reach

(Source: Raytheon Missiles & Defense; issued May 11, 2020)


The XM1155 ramjet-powered artillery round will be fired from the same artillery cannon as Excalibur, including the U.S. Army’s standard M-777 towed 155mm howitzer, and according to Raytheon will have a range of over 100 km. (US Army photo)

TUCSON, Ariz. --- Raytheon Missiles & Defense has begun the first phase of developing the XM1155 Extended-Range Artillery Projectile under a $7.9 million U.S. Army other transaction agreement (OTA) through the Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

The new, cannon-launched, ramjet-powered artillery round will double the U.S. military’s range to greater than 100 kilometers, delivering precision strikes in all terrain and weather conditions.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense is teamed with Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, or TNO, an organization based in the Netherlands that will design the ramjet engine. Raytheon Missiles & Defense will integrate the engine with the system’s airframe, seeker, warhead and other components.

“The ramjet-powered artillery round will allow our nation’s military to strike farther and faster than anything our adversaries have in their arsenals,” said Tom Laliberty, vice president of Land Warfare & Air Defense.

The tactical 155mm XM1155 will be able to strike moving and stationary high-value targets on land and at sea. The maneuverable, extended-range airframe will be compatible with legacy and future 155mm artillery systems.

The XM1155 builds on Raytheon Missiles & Defense’s experience with guided projectiles, including the Excalibur munition, an extended-range weapon that can engage targets precisely at all ranges and in adverse weather.

This effort was sponsored by the U.S. government under the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium OTA (W15QKN-18-9-1008) with the National Armaments Consortium. The U.S. government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation herein.

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[*] posted on 22-5-2020 at 08:58 PM


Nexter Caesar self-propelled guns for Moroccan army

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 22 MAY 2020 09:54

On May 22, Army Recognition mentioned armaments contracts signed by Morocco with France and, at last, officially announced. According to Michel Cabirol in the French newspaper La Tribune, it is possible to publish precisions about one of the two types of equipment (we shall come back later on the second one): Caesar self-propelled howitzers.


Nexter CAESAR self-propelled howitzer displayed at IndoDefense 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia (Picture source: Army Recognition)

Earlier this year, Nexter signed a 200 million euro contract for the sale of Caesar self-propelled howitzers (EUR 170 million) and its ammunition (30 million). They will be assigned to some of the 13 artillery battalions.

The Artillery is organized in units operating self-propelled howitzers, towed howitzers, MLRS and air defense systems, mortar carriers. The equipment includes: 350 155mm M109 SPH in different versions, 60 203mm M110A2 SPH, received as EDA from USA, and 100 155mm Mk F3 remain in service. Note that only 155mm towed howitzers are deployed all along the Moroccan Wall, which includes 140 155mm (M198, FH-70, M-1950, M114), 18 130mm (M1954) and 54 105mm (M101 and L118) are deployed in different regions. 3 Battalions of MRLS are also listed as part of RMAs inventory, the first with 36 122mm BM-21, the second with 36 300mm AR2 and third with 400mm WS-2D. The Nexter 155mm Caesar SPHs are a precious addition to this arsenal.

The Royal Moroccan Army army is about 200,000 troops strong, In case of war or state of siege, an additional force of 200,000 Reservists and paramilitary forces, including 24,000 regulars of the Royal Moroccan Gendarmerie and 30,000 Auxiliary Forces come under the Ministry of Defense command.
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[*] posted on 24-5-2020 at 08:49 PM


Russian army receives new 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152mm self-propelled artillery howitzers

POSTED ON SATURDAY, 23 MAY 2020 13:19

The Russian Armed Forces have received new 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152mm self-propelled howitzers artillery vehicle based on tracked armored chassis, according to the Russian newspaper Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda), on May 22, 2020.


Russian army 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152mm self-propelled howitzer on tracked armored chassis. (Picture source Army Recognition)

“The 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152 mm self-propelled guns (SPGs) and the Msta-SM 152 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) have been delivered to the troops under the State Defense Order,” says the newspaper in infographics. No further details on the deliveries of the SPGs and SPHs were provided.

In December 2019, the press department of the Western Military District (WMD) reported that the first batch of the Koalitsiya-SV SPGs would arrive to the Alabino range (the Moscow Region) of a district’s guards tank army. “Several tests of the newest artillery systems will be conducted at the range at an early date. The tank army’s servicemen have already been re-trained to operate these vehicles,” said the press department on December 20.

In October 2016, the WMD’s press department announced a proposed delivery of 10 Koalitsiya-SV SPGs to the district’s 1st Tank Army. However, no delivery schedule was issued at that moment.

According to the military, the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV SPG is designed to engage command posts, communications hubs, artillery and mortar batteries, armored vehicles (including tanks), anti-tank weapons, air, and missile defense systems, and manpower. The SPG is fitted with a 152 mm gun with a rate of fire of more than 10 rounds per minute and a firing range of up to 70 km. The artillery system additionally carries a remotely operated weapon station with a Kord heavy machinegun. The Koalitsiya-SV features fully automated reloading procedures.

The SPG can employ its automated fire-control system to select a target and to aim the main gun. “The system is capable of firing both guided artillery projectiles [GAPs] and high explosive fragmentation [HE-Frag] rounds,” noted the military. The firing trajectory is adjusted through the medium of the GLONASS navigation system. The Koalitsiya-SV is supplied by a transport-reloading vehicle that carries a containerized loader with two conveyers for rounds and propellant charges, respectively. “The activation of the Koalitsiya-SV SPG will speed up the firing rate of artillery units by two to three times. The reloading time will be dramatically reduced, resulting in an increase of firepower effectiveness,” said the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a news release.

The 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV SPG broke its cover at the Army 2018 international military-technical forum held in Kubinka near Moscow in August 2018. The MoD also said the deliveries of the Koalitsiya-SV artillery systems to the troops would start before the end of 2020.


Russian 2S33 MSTA-SM2 152mm tracked self-propelled howitzer in a live demonstration at Defense Exhibition in Nizhny Tagil, Russia (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Russian military’s artillery units are now receiving the upgraded 2S33 Msta-SM 152 mm SPHs. The artillery system is armed with the 2A65 152 mm howitzer with a rate of fire of more than 10 rounds per minute. According to the MoD, the gun is fitted with a modernized loader.

The Msta-SM appears to be replacing legacy Msta variants (in particular, the Msta-S) and the 2S3 Akaciya (Acacia) SPHs.

Both Koalitsiya-SV and Msta-SM are produced by the concern Uralvagonzavod (UVZ, a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec). It should be mentioned that the Msta-SM is a versatile artillery system that can be easily reconfigured. In late March, Russia’s arms exporting company Rosoboronexport (a subsidiary of Rostec) unveiled a modification of the Msta-SM that had been chambered for STANAG 4425-compatible 155 mm ammunition.
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[*] posted on 26-5-2020 at 01:11 PM


Iranian army still uses US-made 8-inch 203mm M110 self-propelled howitzer

POSTED ON MONDAY, 25 MAY 2020 10:47

The M110 self-propelled howitzer first entered service with the U.S. Army in 1963 and was used in the Vietnam War. Later versions were used in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm by T Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, and the British Army. In 1977, the upgraded M110A1 entered service, featuring a longer M201 series barrel which gave an increased range.


Iranian army M110 self-propelled howitzer at a military parade. (Picture source: Borna News Agency)

According to the operator's manual, the M110's typical rate of fire was three rounds per two minutes when operated at maximum speed, and one round per two minutes with sustained fire. The M110 featured a hydraulically operated rammer to automatically chamber the 200+ pound projectile. These rammers were prone to breakdown and generally slowed operation of the gun because the rammers required crews to completely lower the massive barrel before using it. Highly trained and motivated crews could achieve two to four rounds per minute by using the hand-operated manual rammer, which was essentially a heavy steel pole with a hard rubber pad on one end. Using the manual rammer was physically demanding, but crews were not required to lower the barrels nearly as much as with the hydraulic rammer. The M110's range varied from 16,800 meters to approximately 25,000 meters when firing standard projectiles, and up to 30,000 meters when firing rocket-assisted projectiles.

The M110A2 is the latest version with a double muzzle brake, in contrast to the earlier A1 version which had a plain muzzle. The 2nd Battalion 18th Field Artillery (U.S. Army) which Deactivated in 1994 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the 5th Battalion 18th Field Artillery served in Desert Storm with the M110A2 Howitzer, as well as the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade (Arkansas Army National Guard), and 1st BN 181 Field Artillery (Tennessee Army National Guard). Most of the U.S. Army and USMC relied on the M109 series 155-millimeter gun systems during this conflict; sending remaining M110s to reserve or National Guard units. These units then took possession of M109s as they returned from service in the Gulf. M110s were still in service with the 3/92 FA (USAR) and running fire missions at Camp Atterbury as late as the summer of 1994.

The gun system has been retired from U.S. Army service. Howitzers above 155 mm caliber are no longer considered to be practical, as technology has closed the range and firepower gap, and heavier weapon systems require more resources to operate. Gun barrels from retired M110s were initially used as the outer casing in the manufacture of the GBU-28 bunker-buster bomb. The M110A2s were made from refitted M110s or M107 175 mm SP guns.

At the end of the Cold War under U.S. Division Plan 86, all armored and mechanized infantry divisions included a battalion of heavy artillery that included two batteries of M110A2 SP howitzers with six guns each for a total of 12 guns, plus one battery of nine MLRS rocket artillery.

Israel used M110s alongside with M107 during the Yom Kippur War against Egyptian and Syrian forces. Again in 1982 Operation Peace for Galilee, Israel used M110s against PLO and Lebanese allies with deadly effect during the Siege of Beirut.

Turkish army uses M110A2 systems against Kurdistan Workers' Party since the1990s. Turkish M110A2s also used during Turkish military intervention in Syria, mainly against YPG.

Iran used its M110s during the Iran–Iraq War against Iraqi forces during its offensives against Iraq. And it keeps operating them to date.

Projectiles fired by the M110: M14 dummy, M106 HE, M650 HE rocket assist projectile (RAP), M509 ICM, M404 ICM anti-personnel(airburst), M426 agent GB Sarin, M422A1 W33 (nuclear), M424 High Altitude Spotting Round for M422 projectile
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[*] posted on 26-5-2020 at 01:12 PM


You'd have to wonder where they are getting replacement barrels from?
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[*] posted on 27-5-2020 at 01:28 PM


Machining their own possibly, and husbanding what they have by limiting rounds fired on their remaining weapons.



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[*] posted on 27-5-2020 at 01:47 PM


There was a rumour, some 10-15 years ago, that they had procured a bunch of stuff from Vietnam that was left over from the war? The factor against that is that Vietnam has re-used most of the worthwhile stuff itself.
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[*] posted on 27-5-2020 at 08:51 PM


First 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzers delivered to Russian army CVO

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 27 MAY 2020 09:35

The Russian Defense ministry has announced that the first eight 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled guns have been delivered to the arsenals of the CVO district for further shipment to the troops. The first units of this system were delivered in 2015.


2S35 Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzer displayed at Army-2019 defense exhibition near Kubinka (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV is a new generation of Russian-made self-propelled tracked howitzer based on the 2S19 chassis fitted with a new turret. Not so long ago, Russia unveiled a twin-barreled self-propelled howitzer under the name of 2S35, but the project was canceled. The 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV is equipped with a modern 2A88 gun of a caliber of 152 mm with a firing speed of more than ten rounds per minute, remotely controlled by a 6C21 turret armed with a 12.7mm Kord machine gun, as well as a modern automation system for gun guidance, target selection and navigation.

The gunner’s and commander’s workstations are equipped with digital displays and integrated into a single automated tactical link control system that allows receiving target designations via a digital communication channel, round-the-clock monitoring of the terrain, autonomous calculation of shooting installations and fire adjustment in any weather conditions. Koalitsiya-SV is capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 70 km.


2S35 Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzer being ferried to CVO district (Picture source: Russian MoD)
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[*] posted on 28-5-2020 at 09:54 PM


Leonardo DRS Receives Contract to Digitize Army Howitzer Fire Control Systems

(Source: Leonardo DRS; issued May 27, 2020)

ARLINGTON, VA --- Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command to provide mission-critical computing systems for the M777A2 Lightweight 155MM towed howitzer.

The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract is worth up to $21,470,307 and was awarded on February 19, 2020 with the first delivery order worth $6,319,922.

Under the contract, Leonardo DRS will provide Chief of Section Displays and Mission Systems Computers. These computers host U.S. Government Digital Fire Control Software (DFCS) as well as provide the user-machine-interface for the platform. The DFCS controls a fully integrated digital onboard fire control system for the M777A2 that provides significant improvements to system accuracy, lethality, response time, and survivability.

The Mission Systems Computer is the centralized computing and integration hub that interfaces with onboard sensors and other Line Replaceable Units (LRUs). The MSC utilizes platform sensors, LRUs and user input in conjunction with integrated fire control software to automate howitzer operations.

“We are dedicated to continue delivering quality, mission-critical computing systems for platforms such as the M777A2 to ensure our warfighters have the most modern technology for protective fire during combat operations,” said Bill Guyan, senior vice president and general manager of the Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business. “Leonardo DRS has a proven record of producing, delivering and sustaining digital fire control computers for the U.S. Army and we are proud to continue this partnership,” Guyan said.

Work on these systems will be conducted by the Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business unit in Melbourne, Florida.

Leonardo DRS is a prime contractor, leading technology innovator and supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and defense contractors worldwide. Its Land Electronics business unit Provides C4I Network computing and integrated situational awareness, as well as state-of-the-art embedded diagnostics, vehicle power management and combat vehicle integration products and services. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Leonardo DRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A.

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[*] posted on 30-5-2020 at 04:56 PM


Prototype XM 1299 self-propelled howitzer.

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The visitors witnessed two separate test fires of both the Excalibur precision guided munition and the XM1113 rocket-assisted high explosive projectile from a Prototype 0 XM 1299 self-propelled howitzer. Both Excalibur projectiles achieved a 65 kilometer precision hit, and both XM 1113 projectiles achieved a 65 kilometer range. END QUOTE

VIDEO: XM 1299 Prototype 0 Demonstration: https://youtu.be/Qr-iXdWrTOY
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[*] posted on 2-6-2020 at 09:51 AM


BAE successfully tests ground-launched APKWS rockets for first time

By: Aaron Mehta   9 hours ago


Concept art shows a ground vehicle launching an APKWS rocket. (BAE Systems)

WASHINGTON — BAE Systems has completed a successful ground-to-ground test of its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System rocket for the first time, the company announced Monday.

The test, conducted at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, involved “several successful shots” of the APKWS rockets out of a launcher, built specifically for ground vehicles by Arnold Defense, according to BAE.

The weapon has traditionally been launched from rotary or fixed-wing aircraft. A ground-based APKWS, delivered via the Arnold Fletcher launcher, was first unveiled in 2018.

“Demand is growing for ground-to-ground precision munitions that provide a safe standoff distance for small ground units,” Greg Procopio, director of precision guidance and sensing solutions at BAE Systems, said in a statement. “We’re working closely with our customer and partners to deliver that capability.”

The APKWS laser-guided rocket is used by the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The Navy holds the program of record.

The rockets have also spread via foreign military sales to more than a dozen foreign nations. However, the U.S. Army decided to end procurement of the rockets as a result of its “night court” budget review. In its fiscal 2021 budget request, the service said it redirected $122 million in funding from the rockets toward higher priorities.

Even before the Army’s decision was official, BAE was working to increase the flexibility of APKWS as a low-cost, precision-strike option. Late last year, the Air Force successfully tested it for missile defense, and the ground-to-ground version would add to the military options for the weapon.

The company delivered more than 35,000 APKWS units by the end of 2019 and expects to deliver 18,000 in 2020.
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BAE Systems Succeeds in First Tactical Configuration Ground-Launched Test of APKWS Laser-Guided Rockets

(Source: BAE Systems; issued June 01, 2020)

BAE Systems successfully completed test shots of its APKWS laser-guided rockets from a tactical configuration ground-based weapon system for the first time. The proof-of-concept testing demonstrated the flexibility of APKWS rockets to deliver standoff precision strike capabilities for ground forces, providing warfighters with a unique solution for engaging targets with greater range than small arms fire and without the need for air support.

BAE Systems tested the APKWS rockets at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground, in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and Arnold Defense, a premier manufacturer of rocket launchers. The team used Arnold’s FLETCHER 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon System concept – a purpose-built laser-guided rocket launcher for ground vehicles – to fire several successful shots. The ground-launch capability builds on hundreds of successful shots in combat from rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.

VIDEO: Ground-launched APKWS® laser-guided rocket demonstration: https://youtu.be/7WLo1VQKg5c
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“Our customers see the value in low-cost, precision-strike capabilities that reduce the risk of collateral damage, and they want the flexibility to deliver them from the platform of their choice,” said Greg Procopio, director of Precision Guidance and Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems. “Demand is growing for ground-to-ground precision munitions that provide a safe standoff distance for small ground units. We’re working closely with our customer and partners to deliver that capability.”

Ground-launched APKWS rockets could provide mounted and dismounted units with a unique way to engage soft and lightly armored targets from a variety of platforms. The low size, weight, and power requirements of ground-launched APKWS rockets make them ideal for tactical lightweight vehicles, remote weapon stations, non-standard tactical vehicles, and stationary platforms, providing warfighters with precision munitions that improve their safety and mission effectiveness.

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“We designed FLETCHER specifically as a ground launcher for precision-guided 70mm rockets,” said Jim Hager, president and CEO at Arnold Defense. “FLETCHER-launched APKWS rockets enable our military customers to engage targets from more than just airborne platforms. We envision FLETCHER being used on everything from trucks and tracked vehicles to marine platforms in the future.”

APKWS laser-guided rockets are the only U.S. government program of record for precision-guided 70-milimeter rockets. All four U.S. armed forces use APKWS rockets, and it is available to U.S. allies via Foreign Military Sales. FMS activities support more than a dozen partner nations and interest from other nations.

BAE Systems’ long-range precision fires solutions use advanced technologies to consistently and effectively hit a variety of targets in complex environments from long distances, resulting in successful land, air and sea missions.

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[*] posted on 5-6-2020 at 12:38 AM


Translated Czech announcement...............translated from Czech so the English is a bit off at times...........

Defense wants to get new guns in the armament, giving six billion for them.

Thursday, June 04, 2020 6:26 AM



The Ministry of Defence intends to acquire guns from the French company Nexter for military armament. For 52 works (units) Caesar should pay about six billion crowns ($366,480,000.00 Australian Dollars). The resort has already approached the company, the first consultations are scheduled for the turn of June and July

The information was told by ČTK Defense Minister Lubomír Metnar. The contract could then be signed by the end of the year.

Defence will use the exemption from the Public Procurement Act for the purchase of military equipment. The ministry will leave the now used dana self-propelled howitzer in the mobilization reserves, not counting on their sale.

Modernization of military artillery is one of the main military projects, the ministry has been talking about the acquisition of new works for several years. He wants to replace guns that don't meet NATO's range requirements and the range that the Allies use.

According to Metnar, french cannons came out as the best option, which meets the requirements of the soldiers and are at the same time the cheapest of the weapons under consideration. "It became clear that, based on the core of about 80 technical parameters that were evaluated, Caesar came out best from the French company Nexter," the minister said.

The purchase was approved by the Defence Minister's College in May. Therefore, the Ministry will not be tendering the french manufacturer directly when purchasing. Such a procedure is allowed by the Public Procurement Act.

Ministerial officials must now register the project with the Ministry of Finance and begin negotiating the price with Nexter. According to preliminary information, the price should be about six billion crowns including VAT, i.e. about 105 million crowns per cannon. Soldiers should get them between 2022 and 2026.

"If all goes well, we'd like to have a signed contract by the end of the year," Metnar said. Ammunition, training or training simulators should be included in the price.

The ministry assessed eight possible suppliers, according to Metnara firm Nexter offered the cheapest product. The minister noted that some of the weapons on offer were up to half more expensive. The slovak gun Zuzana, which Metnar described as a very good weapon system, also came to the shortlist. But the French competition beat him with a prize, a range and a used ammunition.

Metnar just identified the range as one of the important parameters. NATO requires a range of at least 40 kilometers, Caesar is capable of firing within 55 kilometers, with a standard shell of 42 kilometers, according to the Ministry of Defense. The current DANY will reach about 20 kilometers.

An important fact in the decision of the Ministry of Defence was that Caesar could install Nexter on chassis from the kopřivnice automobile Tatra Trucks, whose products are already used by the army. According to Metnar, the involvement of the Czech defence industry in the tender is one of the conditions for cooperation. According to the ministry's ideas, an artillery superstructure would be produced in France, and the completion of the chassis would then be done in the Czech Republic.

The gun-proofed guns will be part of a heavy brigade, the construction of which the ministry has promised the North Atlantic Alliance by the end of 2026.

DANY will want to keep the army in the upgrade reserves now. The reason is also the considerable supply of ammunition that the army has. Due to the other caliber in NATO, he will not be able to use it for new works.

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[*] posted on 5-6-2020 at 09:55 AM


Czech Republic plans to purchase 52 French Nexter CAESAR 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 04 JUNE 2020 17:44

The Czech Republic’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is planning to replace its old Dana 152 mm 8x8 wheeled self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) with the French-made CAESAR 155 mm self-propelled artillery systems, the Czech MoD announced on June 4, 2020.


French-made Nexter CAESAR 8x8 155mm self-propelled howitzer. (Picture source Army Recognition)

“The MoD of the Czech Republic has decided to launch negotiations with France’s Nexter over the [potential] procurement of 52 CAESAR SPHs in order to sign a contract [for those systems] later this year,” said the MoD in a statement.

According to the Czech military, the new SPHs will replace aging Dana 152 mm artillery systems that do not meet current NATO requirements. The CAESAR has been down-selected, following the evaluation of eight modern artillery weapons.

The Dana is also known as the Samohybná Kanónová Húfnica vzor 77 (ShKH vz. 77), is a 152mm 8x8 self-propelled howitzer that was developed in the late 1970s to respond to a request for the Czech army for a new mobile artillery system. The Dana 152mm 8x8 self-propelled howitzer is fitted with a fully enclosed armored turret mounted on the center of the chassis which is armed with one 152mm with a muzzle brake and fires the same ammunition as the Russian-made 152 mm 2S3 tracked self-propelled howitzer.

The turret of the Dana has a traverse of 225° to each side and the cannon has an elevation of +70° and depression of -4°. The vehicle can carry a total of 60 ammunition stored inside the chassis and the turret. It has a maximum firing range of 20 km with standard ammunition and 28 km with extended range ammunition.

“The new SPHs will be assigned to a heavy armored brigade that will have been established by 2026. The artillery system will employ a Tatra 8×8 carrier,” said the MoD, adding that the final assembly of the guns would be conducted in the Czech Republic.

The CAESAR 8x8 is an upgraded version of the CAESAR 6x6 wheeled self-propelled howitzer using 155/52 caliber cannon. This artillery is designed and manufactured by the French Defense Company Nexter Systems. The Nexter Caesar 8x8 is based on the Tatra T-815 8x8 chassis, but the Nexter 155mm artillery system can be fitted on other 8x8 truck chassis available on the military market manufactured by Renault trucks defense, Rheinmetall MAN military, and Sizu.

The main armament of the Nexter Caesar 8x8 consists of one 155mm/52 cal gun which is similar to the cannon mounted on the 6x6 Caesar. The Caesar 8x8 as a maximum rate of fire of 6 rounds/min. It can carry a total of 30 155mm projectiles and charges, the 155mm cannon has a powered elevation of maximum +72° and traverse 30° left/right and a large hydraulically operated spade is lowered at the rear to provide a more stable firing platform.

The Caesar 8x8 has a firing range from 4.5 to 40 km with standard ammunition and 55Km using VLAP (Very Long-range Artillery Projectile) rounds. It can be also used against land targets at a maximum range of 2Km. In option, the roof of the truck cab can be fitted with a remotely operated weapon station armed with a 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm gun.

Denmark had already signed a contract with Nexter on 22 May 2017 for the delivery of 15 CAESAR 8x8 systems, which were delivered mid-2020 to the Danish forces.

The Czech MoD is planning to allocate CZK5.95 billion (EUR245 million) for the procurement of the abovementioned artillery systems. According to the ministry, the delivery of the CAESAR guns is scheduled for 2022-2026.


Czech Army DANA 152mm 8x8 self-propelled howitzer (Picture source Army Recognition)
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12 JUNE 2020 00:00 GMT+0

New Chinese 155 mm SPH enters service with PLA's 75th Group Army

by Gabriel Dominguez

The People’s Liberation Army Ground Force’s (PLAGF’s) new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer – believed to have the designation PLC-181 – has also entered service with a brigade under the PLA’s 75th Group Army.


The PLAGF’s new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer has also entered service with a brigade under the 75th Group Army. (Via WeChat account of 75th Group Army)

The group army, which is part of the PLA’s Southern Theatre Command, revealed on 9 June via its WeChat account that one of its brigades has inducted several units of the 25-tonne SPH as well as of the Dongfeng Mengshi CSK181 4×4 armoured vehicle, among other platforms.

The induction ceremony was held in a desert area in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the brigade was also conducting training exercises.

The 6×6 SPH, which is manufactured by China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) and has the export designation SH-15, is also known to be in service with an artillery brigade under the PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command.


The CSK181 4×4 armoured vehicle (front) was one of the platforms recently inducted by a brigade under the 75th Group Army. (Via WeChat account of 75th Group Army)

The system features an automatic gun-laying system, a semi-automatic ammunition loading system, a digitised control board, and has room for six personnel in the cabin area (including the driver).

No further details were provided about the SPH or other PLAGF units currently operating the system, which has been in service since at least January 2019. At that time, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported that a PLAGF artillery brigade stationed in Tibet had been equipped with the new SPH to “boost its combat capability and improve border security”.
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