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[*] posted on 24-2-2018 at 08:35 PM


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[*] posted on 24-2-2018 at 08:57 PM


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[*] posted on 27-2-2018 at 08:10 PM


Marines double investment in HIMARS artillery systems

By: Shawn Snow   17 hours ago


Marine Staff Sgt. Bill Fenton guides the members of Fox Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment as they load a M142 High Mobility Rocket Artillery System onto a KC-130J Super Hercules Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 6, 2016. (Tech. Sgt. Araceli Alarcon/Air Force)

The Marine Corps plans to double its investment in the precision rocket artillery system known as HIMARS and needs dozens of armored resupply vehicles to support that expansion.

A $134 million budget request this year from the Corps for HIMARS represents an increase of about $68 million from the past year. That investment is slated to grow the Corps’ HIMARS capabilities to include the reactivation of an old unit. That means the Corps will also need new vehicles to support the effort.

To meet the demand, the Corps wants to modify 40 existing Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements, or MTVRs, to serve as HIMARS resupply trucks, according to Emanuel Pacheco, a spokesman for Program Executive Officer Land Systems Marine Corps.

“By maintaining the same configuration as currently fielded, it allows the Marine Corps to reduce costs by taking advantage of the current HIMARS spare parts packages, training and other support items currently available in the fleet,” he said.

The development is part of a push by the Corps to plug capability gaps in its long-range artillery and rocket systems as major adversaries like Russia and China continue to make new developments that threaten global U.S. military supremacy.

To meet that threat in an age of tight budgets, the Corps has been testing new methods of employing systems it currently fields in lieu of heavy investment in new research and development or purchasing new commercial products.

The HIMARS, formally known as the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System, was designed for use on land, but the Marines are thinking about using it at sea too. Last fall, the Corps successfully destroyed a target 70 km away with a HIMARS shot off the deck of the Anchorage amphibious transport ship.

The precision rocket system is traditionally a land based all-weather artillery system, which has seen high use in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines.

But as the Corps worries about future access to enemy littorals in the age of a great power competition the Marines are looking for unique ways to aid its force in fighting its way ashore.

That means the Corps needs longer range precision systems that can be mobile on floating platforms at sea, not just on land.

It’s an oft repeated remark by Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Commandant, that the Corps will need to “fight to get to the fight,” in a future conflict.

And the Corps is putting its money where its mouth is. The new fiscal year 2019 budget request includes investments in technologies one would associate with a Cold War adversary, and not the counterinsurgency conflicts the Marines have been embroiled in for the past 16 years.

On top of reactivating the 5th Battalion, 10th Marines as a HIMARS unit, the Marines are also sinking money into mobile ground based air defense systems and mobile networking communications systems.

Tech that has not been generally needed in the permissive environments of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Much of the Corps’ increased investments into HIMARS is directed at the reactivation of the Marine HIMARS unit and the new modified MTVRs will support that effort as well.

The Corps currently has 101 HIMARS resupply vehicles.
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[*] posted on 28-2-2018 at 07:53 PM


More heavy flamethrower units to appear in Russian armies

Posted On Tuesday, 27 February 2018 15:04

TOS-1A Heavy flamethrower units will appear in combined arms armies. One salvo can destroy hardware, troops and adversary fortifications on a space of four square kilometers. Experts believe the successful engagement experience in Syria made the weapons popular in the troops. Earlier it was believed than one battery of such vehicles was sufficient for the Russian armed forces, the Izvestia daily writes.


TOS-1 units have already been successfully operated in Syria against ISIL (Picture source: Russian MoD)

The Defense Ministry told the newspaper each military district will get a battalion of nine TOS-1A while an army will have a company of three combat vehicles. The troops will receive a total of over 70 flamethrowers. Battalions will appear within nuclear, chemical and biological protection (NCB) brigades, while companies will reinforce chemical regiments. The armed forces currently have five NCB brigades and ten regiments.

The first TOS-1A company set was delivered in early 2018 to the 10th separate NCB regiment of the 41st combined arms army of the Central Military District. It is deployed in Altai region. The heavy flamethrowers will be engaged as fire support vehicles for attacking forces. TOS units received tank names instead of artillery ones: batteries and squadrons are now called companies and battalions. Moving with the troops TOS-1A can destroy with precision strikes adversary fortifications and armor.

TOS-1 (Russian: тяжёлая огнемётная система (ТОС-1), Heavy Flamethrower System) is a 220mm 30-barrel (original system, Ob.634 or TOS-1M) or 24-barrel (Ob.634B or TOS-1A) multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis. TOS-1 was designed for defeating enemy personnel in fortifications, in open country, and in lightly armoured vehicles and transport. First combat tests took place in 1988–1989 in the Panshir Valley during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. The TOS-1 was shown for the first time in public in 1999 in Omsk.

TOS-1 is not assigned to the artillery units of the Russian armed forces but is found in Russian CBRN defense units RKhBZ (Russian: войскa радиационной, химической и биологической защиты (войска РХБЗ), Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence Troops). That is why it does not have a GRAU index, but rather an RKhBZ index — МO.1.01.00.

The crew comprises three men. The flamethrower system comprises a combat vehicle and two transloaders. The fire control system comprises a modern computer, a laser ranger, optical devices operating also in the infrared band.

The main TOS-1A weapons are thermobaric missiles. The explosive substance mixes with the air at the ground surface and inflames. The fuel and air explosion makes a firestorm spread across the terrain and penetrate shelters. The main destruction factors are high temperature and the shock wave.

The pressure rapidly rises after detonation and then rapidly falls. Unguided thermobaric 200mm jet projectiles have a range of six km and the upgraded ones - 10 km. A full package salvo covers a territory of 4 km².

TOS-1A was designed on the basis of TOS-1 which fought in Afghanistan. The Soviet army fired thermobaric projectiles from heavy flamethrowers to destroy mujahedeen in caves and dugouts. Expert Alexey Khlopotov said TOS-1A demonstrated high effectiveness in Syria. A TOS-1A unit was deployed in Syria: it was used near Palmyra to destroy ISIL units outside residential areas, the Izvestia said. Previously the Russian military disagreed on the tactic of its engagement. It was believed a major number of flamethrowers was not necessary to fight terrorists. One or two would be sufficient. Due to the operation in Syria it was decided to reinforce the troops with the flamethrowers. "It is an effective attack weapon to destroy fortifications in the mountains or residential areas. You cannot hide from it in trenches or dugouts. The power of thermobaric mixture explosion makes it impossible to survive in the affected zone. The engagement of Solntsepek saved the lives of Russian soldiers assaulting fortified enemy strongholds," he said.
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[*] posted on 15-3-2018 at 09:07 AM


Brazil receives first four M109A5 howitzers from United States

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 March 2018

The first four of 60 M109A5 self-propelled howitzers granted by the United States to the Brazilian Army have arrived at Paranaguá in Brazil.

The howitzers arrived earlier than planned after the Brazilian Army requested an expedited delivery, the service told Jane’s on 13 March. The rest of the vehicles are scheduled to arrive in June or July, although this could be delayed for lack of funds to hire international transportation.

Twelve of the howitzers will be used as sources for spares, the army said.

Before heading to field artillery units, the vehicles will go to the 5th Maintenance Regional Park for various maintenance or modernisation works, depending on budget availability.

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[*] posted on 20-3-2018 at 11:54 AM


South Korea to deploy ‘artillery killer’ to destroy North Korean bunkers

By: Jeff Jeong   6 hours ago


A Korea Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile co-developed by South Korea's arms development agency and Hanwha Corporation during a test launch in July 2017. (Courtesy of South Korea's Ministry of National Defense)

SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean Army plans to deploy surface-to-surface missiles in a newly created counter-artillery brigade by October, with the aim of destroying North Korea’s hardened long-range artillery sites near the Demilitarized Zone, should conflict erupt on the Korean Peninsula.

The plan is part of South Korea‘s defense reform for developing an offensive operations scheme, a defense source said. The tactical missiles are developed locally.

“The Ministry of National Defense has approved a plan to create an artillery brigade under a ground forces operations command to be inaugurated in October. The plan is to be reported to President Moon Jae-in next month as part of the ‘Defense Reform 2.0’ policy,” the source said. “The brigade’s mission is fairly focused on destroying North Korea’s long-range guns more rapidly and effectively, should conflict arise”.

The three-year development of the GPS-guided Korea Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile was completed last year. Hanwha Corporation, a precision-guided missile maker, led the development in partnership with the state-funded Agency for Defense Development, or ADD.

The missile, dubbed “artillery killer,” has a range of more than 120 kilometers and can hit targets with a 2-meter accuracy, according to ADD and Hanwha officials.

Four missiles can be launched almost simultaneously from a fixed launch pad. The missiles can penetrate bunkers and hardened, dug-in targets several meters underground.

“North Korea’s long-range artillery systems deployed along the border pose significant threats to the security of the capital area of South Korea,” said retired Lt. Gen. Shin Won-sik, a former operational director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “The counter-artillery brigade is expected to play a key role in neutralizing the North’s long-range artillery fire power, as the new surface-to-surface missile is capable of destroy the hideout of artillery forces.”

The artillery brigade is also to operate the Chunmoo Multiple Launch Rocket System, which can fire three types of ammunition: 130mm nonguided rockets; 227mm nonguided rockets; and 239mm guided rockets. The hitting range of the rockets are 36 kilometers, 80 kilometers and 160 kilometers, respectively.

According to the 2016 Defense White Paper, North Korea has some 8,600 towed and self-propelled artillery, as well as 5,500 multiple-launch rockets. Seventy percent of them were deployed near the border.

North Korea has forward-deployed 340 long-range guns that can fire 15,000 rounds per hour at Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area.
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[*] posted on 20-3-2018 at 11:28 PM


Peru: AMX-13 light tanks converted into 122mm self-propelled howitzers

Posted On Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:13

According to the Brazilian website www.forte.jor.br, the Peruvian army plans to convert from 30 to 40 old French-made AMX-13 105mm light tanks into self-propelled 122 mm howitzers, called AMX-D30 Vulcano.


AMX-D30 Vulcano, a conversion of AMX-13 105mm light tanks into 122mm self-propelled howitzers (Picture source: Diseños Casanave Corporation S.A.C)

The agreement on the implementation of the relevant work for the Peruvian army was signed on March 8, 2018 by the Peruvian military industrial association Diseños Casanave Corporation S.A.C. (DICSAC), belonging to the Ministry of Defense of Peru, the arms company FAME S.A.C. and the Central Arsenal of the Peruvian Army.

It is reported that the conversion will be carried out by mounting Soviet-era D-30 122mm howitzers on old French-made AMX-13 chassis. The towed D-30 howitzers are already in the Peruvian army storage. The howitzers will be mounted in an open circular rotation unit with a standard shield. In addition, in the self-propelled pilot installation, TVN-5 night vision devices will be installed and ACS will be equipped with modern VHF P-030U (another Ukrainian production).

DICSAC is the developer of the AMX-D30 Vulcano project and will be the prime contractor for the conversion. Previously, DICSAC had already been involved in the conversion of part of the AMX-13/105 tanks of the Peruvian army into the upgraded versions of the Escorpion with the installation of additional ATGM units (in the version AMX-13RA5 Escorpion 1 - c ATGM 9M14-2T "Malyutka", version AMX-13RA8 Escorpion 2 - with the installation of the DANTE fire control system and Ukrainian P-2 "Barrier" ATGMs). More than 30 tanks were modernized, and 30 old AMX-13 tanks armed with a 75-mm cannon were converted into Alacran self-propelled antitank missile systems in three options with Russian ATGM "Cornet-E." It is reported that the Peruvian army kept about 40 unmodernized tanks AMX-13/105 in storage; these are supposed to be converted into SAU Vulcano SPHs.

t's not the first time, that the Soviet/Russian D-30 122 mm howitzers are used to create new mobile tracked or wheeled self-propelled howitzers.

China developed the SH-2, a D-30 122mm howitzer mounted at the rear of a 6 × 6 cross country light truck chassis. The 122 mm howitzer retained the distinctive multi-baffle muzzle brake and recoil-recuperator mechanism mounted above the gun barrel on the original D-30/Type 86.

The Serbian Defense Company YugoImport developed the SOKO SP RR 122 mm (Self-Propelled Rapid Response), a truck-mounted gun-howitzer based on integration of 122 mm D-30 J howitzer with 6x6 truck chassis.
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[*] posted on 23-3-2018 at 06:36 PM


India to Locally Upgrade 130mm M-46 Russian Artillery Guns to 36km Target Range

(Source: Sputnik news; posted March 22, 2018)

NEW DELHI --- The M-46 Russian artillery guns being operated by the Indian Army will soon be upgraded from their existing target range of 27 kilometers to 36 kilometers. The upgrade will be done locally by the state-run Ordnance Factories Board at the cost of about $50 million.

The upgrade work will involve replacing the existing muzzle brake, breech block and associated modifications to the recoil system, apart from replacing the 130mm barrel with a 155mm barrel.

The Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) has received the final confirmation of the contract for the upgrade of 300 artillery guns after the successful user trial of a prototype.

"We have successfully enhanced the capability of the artillery gun. Its ammunition is already manufactured by ordnance factories. Recently, the Indian Army has ordered to upgrade 300 such guns," S. K. Chourasia, OFB Chairman, told Sputnik.

The Indian Army had initiated the upgrade of the Soviet era guns in 2008 with the contract being awarded to the Israeli firm Soltam — now part of Elbit. Soltam's contract was suspended midway after allegations that it had bribed officials. Later, the government had decided to throw open the contract for domestic companies. The state-run Ordnance Factories Board participated in the tender issued by the Indian Army, competing with two other private manufacturers.

"After extensive field evaluation trial, OFB's gun has emerged as the only gun system meeting all quality requirements," an OFB official said.

The Indian Army plans to eventually convert all existing field guns into 155mm/52-caliber guns — wheeled, tracked, self-propelled and mounted — which will cost approximately $6 billion.

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[*] posted on 27-3-2018 at 08:56 PM


New M119A3 105mm howitzers for Oklahoma National Guard

Posted On Tuesday, 27 March 2018 07:07

A new howitzer is in sight for artillerymen from the Oklahoma Army National Guard who had the opportunity to fire their current M119A2 howitzers one last time before they transition to the new M119A3 later this year.


Oklahoma Guard soldiers fire their last 105mm shells with their M119A2 howitzers before receiving their M119A3s later this year (Source: National Guard)

Soldiers assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 160th Field Artillery, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, conducted a live fire exercise with their M119A2 (nicknamed "Alpha Two") 105mm howitzers during their monthly drill weekend at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, earlier this month. In September 2018, they will transition to a new weapons system, the M119A3 (nicknamed “Alpha Three”).

"The Alpha Three utilizes a specialized electronic system that allows the gun to know exactly where it is with GPS," explained Capt. Cliff Holeman, commander of Bravo Battery. "It's pretty much the same gun, just a different way to aim it that provides a simpler and quicker way to get rounds down range."

The M119A3 will equip the Battalion with the same weapons systems as that of Active Duty artillery battalions, helping supplement the needs of the Army. Both the Alpha two and Alpha three models are towed systems.
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[*] posted on 27-3-2018 at 09:14 PM


PLA possibly equipping marine corps with PLL-09 self-propelled gun

Gabriel Dominguez, London and Richard D Fisher Jr, Washington DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

26 March 2018


Posted in March on Chinese online forums, this image shows a Norinco PLL-09 self-propelled gun painted in PLA Marine Corps camouflage and being driven on a public road at an undisclosed location. Source: Via CJDBY

An image posted on Chinese online forums suggests that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) may be equipping its marine corps with the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) 8x8 PLL-09 self-propelled gun.

Published on 24 March, the image shows the armoured vehicle, which is currently in service with the light mechanised units of the PLA Ground Force (PLAGF), painted in marine corps camouflage and being driven on a public road at an undisclosed location.

The PLL-09 is armoured to the same standard as the 8x8 ZBL-09 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), but is equipped with a modified version of the Type 96 122 mm gun, which can be elevated from -3° to +70°, thus giving the vehicle the ability to provide direct and indirect fire support.

The maximum range of the gun, which is thought to be around 18 km with standard ammunition, can be extended to 22 km with base-bleed ammunition, according to Jane’s Land Warfare Platforms: Armoured Fighting Vehicles.

The basic layout of the hull is based on that of the ZBL-09. However, the turret is likely to be protected to a lesser extent, especially if an amphibious capability is necessary. The troop compartment at the rear is used to accommodate ammunition and the weapon crew. The driver remains at the front left of the hull and at the rear of the hull is an enclosed turret, which includes the main armament.

The latest developments come after Chinese President Xi Jinping stated at the opening of the 19th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party on 18 October 2017 that his country was planning to transform the PLA into a "state-of-the-art, world-class military" by the middle of this century.

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[*] posted on 6-4-2018 at 08:19 PM


Saudi M109A6 howitzer request approved

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

06 April 2018

The US State Department has approved the sale of 180 M109A5/A6 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) structures to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 5 April.


Saudi M109 howitzers are seen near the Yemeni border. Artillery has played a major role in attempts to suppress rebel activity in northern Yemen over the last three years. (AFP/Getty Images)

These structures will be converted into 177 M109A6 Paladin SPHs and three static training devices. Estimated to be worth USD1.31 billion, the proposed deal also includes associated equipment and services, including .50 cal machine guns and eight Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), a Raytheon command-and-control system used by US Army and US Marine Corps artillery units.

The DSCA noted that the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) already operates M109A2, A3, and A5 SPHs.

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[*] posted on 12-4-2018 at 01:53 PM


Thai marines to procure Elbit howitzers

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

11 April 2018


The RMTC is to procure six 155 mm autonomous truck-mounted howitzer systems from Elbit. Source: Soltam Systems

The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) has signed a contract with Elbit to procure the Israeli company’s 155 mm autonomous truck mounted howitzer system (ATMOS).

The RTMC said in a statement that the contract was signed in late March and features the delivery of six ATMOS systems, which will be built locally by the state-run Weapon Production Centre (WPC).

The contract is valued at USD26 million and provides opportunities for additional units to be procured and built locally if required.

The contract fulfils a long-standing RTMC requirement to augment its existing firepower, which currently includes a mix of ageing Canadian-designed GC-45/GHN-45 155mm howitzers acquired in the 1980s.

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[*] posted on 12-4-2018 at 02:01 PM


The pic above is a very bad choice, and misleading...............the Thai Marines ones will have a 52 calibre barrel not the 39 calibre one shown in the pic above. The armoured cab will also differ, the one above is part of Soltam's original proposals that the Thai's decided not to go for, for the Army at least. I honestly cannot see the Marines being allowed to go any different...................


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Kalyani Group Bharat 52 caliber 155mm autonomous towed howitzer at DefExpo 2018

Posted On Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:51

The Indian Company Kalyani Group presents its full range of artillery systems at DefExpo 2018, the International Defense and Security exhibition in Chennai, India. One of the latest products in the artillery field showed by Kalyani Group at DefExpo 2018 is the Bharat 52, a long-range 155 mm 52 caliber gun fully designed and developed in India.


Bharat 52 caliber 155mm automous towed howitzer at DefExpo 2018, International Defense and Security Exhibition in Chennai, India. April 12, 2018. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Kalyani Group, established in mid 1960s, is an Indian multi-national with high technology, engineering & manufacturing capability across critical sectors such as Engineering Steel, Automotive, Industrial, Renewable Energy, Urban Infrastructure and Specialty Chemicals. In order to extend its activities in the field of defense, Kalyani Group has launched the development of indigenous artillery systems and combat vehicles.

The Bharat 52 was presented at DefExpo 2018 during a live demonstration showing its ability to be used in fully autonomous conditions thanks to the integration of its own diesel engine and electronic steering system. The Bharat-52 in self-propelled mode is capable of achieving a mobility of 20 km/h.

The Bharat 52 is a new generation of towed gun, providing a highly maneuverable field artillery solution. It has been designed for accuracy, stability and reliability during moving and firing maneuvers, and is based on the requirements of the Indian Army.

The Bharat 52 is able to fire up to a range of 41 km and utilizes self-propelling capability and automatic laying mode. The Anti-backlash drive for elevation and traverse make it a truly unique system and a robust solution for superior battlefield operation. It is designed to operate as an all- weather system and has superior all-terrain mobility.

The Bharat-52 can be easily deployed with a team of six crew members in one minute during day time and 1.5 minutes during night time. It has a total weight of 15 tons, elevation angle from -3° to +72° with a speed of 5° per second. The Bharat 52 is equipped with a fully Load Assist System (LAS) with manual backup arrangement offering a burst rate of fire of 3 rounds in 30 seconds, 16 rounds in 3 minutes in intense rate of fire and 42 rounds in one hour in sustained rate of fire.

The Bharat 52 has successfully completed track trials in 2015 and firing trials in October 2015. The next step is to fire 250 rounds for confirmation of range tables during the year of 2018.
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DSA 2018: Japan continues development of wheeled 155mm SPH

11th April 2018 - 01:15 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

The Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) within Japan’s MoD is developing a wheeled 155mm SPH as a successor to the FH-70 towed howitzer for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).

The new design (inset picture) adopts a self-propelled configuration to speed up firing and position relocation, and to improve strategic mobility. After completing system design and prototype production from FY2013, ATLA has conducted tests of the prototype from FY2015-18.

Called the Wheeled HSP by the MoD, it utilises the L/52 155mm gun of the Type 99 SPH (pictured above) to reduce development costs. ATLA required that it use existing ammunition consisting of the shell, charge, proximity fuse and percussion primer.

The requirement includes a maximum firing range of about 40km using Type 93 long-range HE base-bleed rounds, and a rate of over six rounds per minute. The Wheeled HSP also needs to be able to fire insensitive munition.

Adopting a mechanical and manual loading system, the Wheeled HSP has external armour around the driver’s cab and around the 12.7mm M2 machine gun mount.

With a top road speed of 100km/h, it must weigh less than 25t so it can be transported by C-2 cargo planes.

ALTA originally planned to use a heavy recovery vehicle chassis but, for unknown reasons, an 8x8 MAN truck chassis is now being employed.

The Wheeled HSP will connect to the Firing Command and Control System (FCCS) and Field Artillery Digital Automatic Computer (FADAC) using an advanced network system.

JGSDF divisional artillery units are equipped with the FH-70 and 99HSP, plus M110A2 SPHs and MLRS as army-level artillery.

The Type 99 is deployed in brigades and divisions in the Northern Army, while brigades and divisions in the Northeastern, Eastern, Middle and Western Armies use the FH-70, except for the 15th Brigade in Okinawa.

The JGSDF had 600 artillery pieces at the end of 2013, but this is reducing to 300. Division and brigade artillery units will only have 120mm heavy mortars according to a JGSDF reorganisation, while field guns will be concentrated in artillery units controlled directly by armies. Meanwhile, the M110A2 will be abolished.

A total of 492 FH-70s were produced under licence in Japan, making it the largest user in the world. The JGSDF has fewer than 300 FH-70s now, and the Wheeled HSP will replace them.
However, procurement is delayed because the JGSDF is spending a lot of its budget on expensive equipment like the MV-22 Osprey and AAV7.
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Nexter Systems 105 LG1 Mark III 105mm digital light towed gun at DSA 2018

Posted On Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:04

The French Company Nexter Systems presents its 105 LG1 Mark III latest generation of 105mm light towed gun at DSA 2018, the International Defense and Security Exhibition. The first version of the 105 mm LG1 Light Gun has been developed by Nexter Systems (previously Giat Industries), as a private venture, especially for the export market.


Nexter 105 LG1 Light Gun Mark III at DSA 2018, the International Defense and Security Exhibition in Malaysia (Picture source Army Recognition)

Late in 1990, following a competition between Giat Industries with the 105 mm LG1 Light Gun and BAE Systems, RO Defense of the UK with its 105 mm Light Gun, Singapore placed an order for 37 105 mm LG1 Light Guns. In June 1994, Canada placed an order for 28 Giat Industries 105 mm LG1 Mk II Light Guns.

Late in 1995, Giat Industries was awarded a contract from the Belgian Army for the supply of 14 105 mm LG1 Mk II guns.

Early in 1996, it was announced that Giat Industries had been awarded a contract from Thailand for the supply of 24 LG1 Mk II guns for delivery from late 1996 through to early 1997. Nexter has already delivered 20 LG1 to the Indonesian Marines
The original LG1 Mk I gun was subsequently replaced in production by the LG1 Mk II weapon which differs from the earlier weapon in having a new auto-frettaged barrel to enable it, in the future, to fire ammunition with a higher pressure.

The Giat Industries 105 mm LG1 Light Gun has a split trail carriage and a 30 calibre ordnance that is fitted with a double-baffle muzzle brake. It can be brought into or taken out of action within 30 seconds. The weapon can be loaded and fired at any elevation from -3 to +70º and also has a direct-fire capability out to 2,000 m.

The latest generation of the LG1, the Mark III is fitted with an inertial 3D aiming and positioning system and muzzle velocity radar. It can also be connected to the EADS STAREM C3I system.

The 105 LH Mk III has a 30 caliber barrel and a NATO standard chamber. It can fire all ammunition compliant with the standard, especially US M1 ammunition over a standard range of more than 11 km, and Nexter Munitions "Extended Range" ammunition over a range of more than 17 km.
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DSA 2018: Nexter to provide 18 105 mm LG1 artillery systems to Malaysian Army

Gabriel Dominguez, Kuala Lumpur - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

18 April 2018

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Malaysia signed on 18 April a contract with Nexter and ADS to acquire 18 105 mm LG1 artillery systems. The gun was showcased at the DSA 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. (IHS Markit/Jayesh Dhingra)

French defence company Nexter and its Malaysian partner Advanced Defence Systems (ADS) have been selected to supply 18 105 mm LG1 light towed artillery systems to the Malaysian Army. A contract for the system was signed with the Malaysian Ministry of Defence on 18 April at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, with deliveries of the guns expected to start in 2019 and be completed by February 2020.

The contract will include the supply of fully digitised 105 LG1 Mk III Light Guns, the BACARA compact portable ballistic computer (for use at battery level), as well as a first batch of 105 mm high-explosive, base-bleed, extended-range G3 ammunition (105 mm HE BB ER G3), which can be fired to a range of up to 17 km.

The contract, the value of which was not disclosed, also envisages that the integration and maintenance of the guns, which are designed for intervention and rapid reaction forces, will be carried out by ADS.

Jane’s understands that the air-portable guns are meant to replace the Malaysian Army’s ageing Oto Melara Model 56 105 mm pack howitzers, 100 of which are still operated by the service.

The 105 LG1, which weighs 1,650 kg, has been purchased by several other countries, including Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand.

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[*] posted on 20-4-2018 at 11:06 AM


Defexpo 2018: OFB showcases 155 mm/52 calibre Mounted Gun System

Akshara Parakala, Chennai - Jane's International Defence Review

19 April 2018


The Ordnance Factory Board has partnered with Bharat Earth Movers Limited to develop the 155 mm/52 calibre Mounted Gun System. Source: IHS Markit/Akshara Parakala

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has exhibited a new variant of the Mounted Gun System (MGS) armed with the Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre gun at Defexpo 2018, which is being held in Chennai.

The indigenously developed MGS is the result of a two-year joint effort between OFB and Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) to meet an Indian Army requirement of 814 MGS systems, with trials expecting to commence by the end of April.

The MGS is based on an 8x8 Tatra truck produced by BEML, which can attain maximum cross-country and road speeds of 30 km/h and 80 km/h respectively, with an unrefuelled cruising range of 1,000 km.

Main armament comprises the Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre gun with a range of approximately 42 km.

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[*] posted on 26-4-2018 at 08:25 PM


Brazilian Army eyes towed howitzers

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

25 April 2018

The Brazilian Army is exploring a potential acquisition of 105 mm M119 Light Gun and 155 mm M198 towed howitzers, hoping to procure surplus items from the US Army.

The service is prospecting the market and has run early studies to inform an eventual purchase as part of its Army Strategic Program "Achieving Full Operational Capacity", it told Jane’s .

Existing Brazilian Army towed artillery assets include 105 mm L118 Light Gun (the original British version of the M119 gun being sought from the US), Mod 56 PH (pack howitzer), and M101/M101A1, as well as 155 mm M114/M114A2 howitzers and 120 mm M2R rifled mortars.

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[*] posted on 26-4-2018 at 09:17 PM


Extended production of French Nexter’s CAESAR 155mm self-propelled howitzer

Posted On Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:18

Nexter Systems maintains the CAESAR 155mm/52 cal self-propelled howitzer in serial production for ongoing export orders and for possible follow-on orders from the French army.


Nexter System's CAESAR 155mm/52 cal self-propelled howitzer on 6x6 chassis in French army service (Picture source: Army Recognition)

In September 2011, Saudi Arabia placed an order worth $210 million for an additional 32 CAESAR weapon systems. Deliveries under order reportedly began in late 2013. This order was in addition to the 100 CAESAR systems already fielded by the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Nexter reportedly completed final deliveries under the follow-on order during the first half of last year.

In February 2017, the Indonesian Army placed an order for an additional 18 CAESAR systems. This order will increase the total Indonesian inventory to 55 CAESAR systems.

In May 2017, Denmark placed an order for an additional 15 CAESAR systems, with an option for another six systems. This order will increase the Danish Army inventory to at least 33 CAESAR systems.

The CAESAR weapon system provides unique advantages as a rapidly deployable medium force option on the battlefield. This characteristic gives the CAESAR strong sales potential on the international market. Further, the recent expansion into the European and Southeast Asian markets, as well as the continued patronage of Saudi Arabia, signals growing consumer confidence in Nexter's self-propelled artillery offering.

Beside the currently used 6x6 version, an 8x8 version is also marketed by Nexter, along its Trajan towed howitzer.
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[*] posted on 28-4-2018 at 11:56 PM


Slovakia plans to get 25 Zuzana 2 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers

Posted On Friday, 27 April 2018 16:39

The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic are planning to get 25 Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPH) based on the Cold War-era Dana SPH, according to the country's Ministry of Defense (MoD). The Dana 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.


Slovak-made Zuzana 2 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer at IDEB defense exhibition in Bratislava, May 2014. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Slovakia's Konstrukta-Defence company will implement the contract worth EUR175 million (USD213.5 million) for the above mentioned Zuzana 2 SPHs in 2018-2021.

According to the Military Balance 2018 analytical book published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Slovak Army currently operates three vz.1977 Dana and 16 M-2000 (Zuzana-1) SPHs. Once the Zuzana-2 self-propelled howitzers have been delivered, the legacy artillery systems will be scrapped.

The Slovak Defense Company Konstrukta Defence has presented the latest modernized version of the Dana 152mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer, called the Zuzana 2 during IDEB, a Slovak defense exhibition in May 2014. The 155 mm ZUZANA 2 is a wheeled self-propelled autonomous howitzer artillery system equipped with automatic loading of ammunition which is able to provide effective fire by both direct and indirect aiming.

The official portfolio of Konstrukta-Defence says the Zuzana 2 SPH has a combat weight of 32,000 kg. The system is based on a Tatra 8x8 cross-country truck. The SPH has a maximum speed of 80 km/h and a cruising range of 600 km. Zuzana-2 is armed with a 155 mm STANAG-compatible howitzer that has a range of fire of 5-41 km. The howitzer fires six rounds per minute or 16 rounds per three minutes. The weapon's rate of fire in manual reloading mode reaches two rounds per minute.
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[*] posted on 29-4-2018 at 01:18 PM


M119 105mm howitzers on Humvees for US infantry brigades

Posted On Friday, 27 April 2018 17:14

The European (potential) theatre of operations appears adequate for using a more mobile 105mm howitzer than a towed version. Hence a clever adaptation of the long-serving M119 howitzer, so much appreciated in the U.S. infantry brigades, on a light 4x4 vehicle.


M119 105mm howitzer mounted on a Humvee (Picture source : Army Recognition)

So, work is underway to have a Humvee-mounted 105mm M119 Howitzer in the Army’s infantry brigade combat teams. Recent artillery demonstrations during the Maneuver and Fires Integration Experiment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, drew the interest from the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces. Light artillery within infantry units must by improved.

So, to meet this goal, a new self-propelled light howitzer must be further developed, a relevant tool” to face sophisticated, quick-fire counterbattery systems,” according to language in the subcommittee’s draft version of the National Defense Authorization Act, released this week. Adding the artillery could “address the indirect fire capability gaps in the IBCTs,” subcommittee members wrote.

The M119 Howitzer has long served as a towed artillery piece but mounting it on a light 4x4 would give troops a way to maneuver more quickly around the battlefield, avoiding artillery counter-fires. It is easily foreseeable that Russian artillery is powerful enough for various scenarios in which NATO forces would be prevented from entering certain battle spaces, should conflict erupt in parts of Europe such as the Baltic region.

To that end the Army has also reverted previous infantry units to their armor origins, such as with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The ABCT served as an armored brigade in the 2003 Iraq invasion but transitioned to an infantry brigade following drawdowns. It has since reconstituted itself as an armor brigade. Moves such as these in recent years have all been aimed at a potential mechanized ground fight in Europe.

Heavier artillery platforms such as the155mm M109A7 Self-Propelled Paladin Howitzer are again favoured. “Back to the future!”

105mm howitzers mounted on highly mobile 4x4 vehicles like Humvees that are available by the thousands, be it to refurbish from storage areas like the old Avengers are, appears to be a very attractive and cost-efficient solution.
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[*] posted on 30-4-2018 at 01:22 PM


An interesting option, but short-ranged and likely to be vulnerable to a range of countermeasures.

Basically they seem to e looking round for a way to get more rounds on target and admitting they can't afford more Paladin SPGs.




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[*] posted on 30-4-2018 at 02:28 PM


The difference is, this SPG can move quickly, very quickly, compared to the Towed sibling system M118 or 9, so for Mechanised Infantry of the Stryker BCT orgs, it's a far better option. Towed 105's still have their place, especially for air movement, but this Hummer-based system can be air-lifted by a Chinook, a towed 105mm HAMEL/Light Gun 118/119 by a BlackHawk.

The Hummer can carry a reported 9 rounds on board and be utilised by a three-man fire team/crew. A second Hummer can tow a high-mobility Trailer with 64 rounds on board (and a number on the vehicle) whilst carrying more crew and/or a security team or whatever.........various of the Hummers have already been modified with TAK-4 or similar suspension to substantially increase X-country ability, and a new engine has increased HP to suit.

Is this any good in a toe-to-toe scenario? IF you can penetrate behind the front line maybe's, but then again the Little Green Men scenario may mean you have very fluid front lines in any case. Hunting down groups of Greenies with arty that moves repeatedly, negates long-range Russian systems from counter-battery fire, as an example..........ala what happened to the Ukrainians.

Irrelevant for us. We sold all our 90+ HAMEL guns to BAE albeit I haven't seen or heard much PR from BAE about any sales, although this doesn't mean they haven't sold some or all of them?
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[*] posted on 30-4-2018 at 02:35 PM


Ohhhh and we, of course, seem to find SPG's of any kind an anathema................
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