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20048 No. 20048 ID: f6e43c
Artillery thread
Old arty thread: http://www.operatorchan.org/v/res/11223.html
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>> No. 20049 ID: f6e43c
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German WW2 150mm artillery at Longues-sur-Mer battery in Normandy.
>> No. 20050 ID: f6e43c
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US WW2 artillery at Musée Memorial d’Omaha Beach.
>> No. 20055 ID: f6e43c
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>> No. 20056 ID: f6e43c
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German WW1 150mm heavy field howitzer of 1918 (15 cm sFH 18).
>> No. 20057 ID: 369bd6
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I am not sure what I already posted in the other thread, here goes with the Archer.
>> No. 20058 ID: 369bd6
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>> No. 20059 ID: 369bd6
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Has a small crew (for a 155mm howitzer) of 3-4, but in emergencies can be operated by just two.
>> No. 20060 ID: 360765
Why does the whole box elevate?
>> No. 20061 ID: 369bd6
it has an autoloader mechanism and ammo inside, so to keep it in position it has to elevate and traverse with the gun. It carries 21 shells and their charges back there and allows the crew to operate it entirely from the forward cabin.
>> No. 20062 ID: 360765
Oh that's neat, it's like a more compact, more accurate MLRS.
>> No. 20063 ID: f6e43c
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The Swedish Archer is an interesting and powerful artillery system. Touted to be able to take out tanks over 30 miles (50 km). Mounted on a lightly armored 6x6 Volvo truck, the 20-round magazine can be loaded in 10 minutes by a special automatic caisson vehicle and can fire all these 155mm shells in 2 and a half minutes. The Excalibur GPS-guided shells are supposed to be quite accurate. The Archer is supposed to quickly deploy, fire her shells at the target and zip out before enemy counter-battery fire can revenge itself at her. This is the role of self-propelled artillery, but the Archer does it fast with few crew. Gun loading, aiming and magazine replenishment are automated.

>> No. 20064 ID: f6e43c
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>> No. 20065 ID: f6e43c
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Then there's this Boxer Artillery Gun Module, an lighter, air-mobile PzH 2000.

The Artillery Gun Module (AGM, Artillerie-Geschütz-Modul) is an air-portable self-propelled howitzer designed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. It is based on technology used in the German Army Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) system, to provide more air portable self-propelled artillery, transportable by Airbus A400 aircraft.

The system is fully autonomous, the crew sitting in the cab, with similar performance to the PzH 2000, but with reduced cost, crew levels and weight. The AGM uses the PzH 2000 ballistic fire-control computer with integrated NATO Armaments Ballistic Kernel and the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Artillery Command and Control System. It is a modular system, the gun module can be fitted on a tracked or wheeled chassis. Costs can be reduced by fitting it to a users suitable chassis of choice. Current development vehicles use a MLRS chassis. A vehicle independent auxiliary power unit (allowing the gun to be used with the carrier engine shut down) and an inertial reference unit with a Global Positioning System (GPS) connection are fitted. During trials in 2006, a demonstrator vehicle fired a volley of ten 155 mm rounds in 2 minutes and 19 seconds with a crew of two being seated in the fully armoured protected cab.

Boxer: In April 2014, KMW decided to integrate the AGM onto the Boxer armored vehicle, with the system making an appearance at Eurosatory in June 2014. The Boxer has to prove it can deal with recoil forces without stabilization, but stabilization concepts can be added if needed to retain shoot and scoot and 360 degree firing capability. The Boxer-AGM system could be used as an upgrade option for countries with existing boxer fleets. Test firings are scheduled for late 2014. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artillery_Gun_Module
>> No. 20066 ID: f6e43c
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Boxer tested with AGM (ES14E4)
19 June 2014 http://www.janes.com/article/39631/boxer-tested-with-agm-es14e4
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (Outside Stand E211) has confirmed to the Eurosatory Daily that the ARTEC Boxer Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) has recently been fitted with its 155mm Artillery Gun Module (AGM), with initial firing trials scheduled to take place at the Meppen firing range later this year.

The AGM is a remote-controlled turret armed with the 155mm/ 52 calibre ordnance that is fitted to the combat-proven Krauss- Maffei Wegmann PzH 2000 tracked self-propelled artillery system deployed by Germany, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands and on order for Qatar.

The AGM is provided with 30 155mm projectiles and 145 modular charges, with six modules used for maximum range. The latter depends on the type of projectile, but a range of more than 40km can be achieved firing an unassisted projectile.

The projectiles and associated charges are loaded automatically, and the weapon is aimed and fired by remote control from the safety of the cab. A rate of fire of up to eight rounds a minute can be achieved. Time into and out of action is currently being quoted as just 30 seconds, meaning that the system cannot be engaged by counter-battery fire.

The AGM was originally successfully tested on a surplus Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) tracked chassis. This was followed by the Donar, which is the AGM integrated onto a new tracked hull developed by General Dynamics European Land Systems Santa Barbara Sistemas. The AGM could potentially also be integrated on other wheeled chassis or used in the static role for forward operating base defence.

Boxer is in production for Germany and the Netherlands. Eurosatory Daily sources have indicated that a number of export customers are interested in the Boxer for a wider range of missions, which could include the AGM version.
>> No. 20067 ID: f6e43c
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The 155mm Artillery Gun Module (AGM) fitted to the Boxer contains 30 155mm projectiles and 145 modular charges.
>> No. 20068 ID: f6e43c
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The Centauro 155/39LW is a wheeled Artillery unit based on the Centauro Tank Destroyer hull and armed with a 155/39mm Howitzer, capable of 8 rounds per minutes and a distance exceeding 60km with precision weapons.
>> No. 20069 ID: f6e43c
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Centauro 155/39LW
Added to the Centauro range on late 2013 to fill the role of a self-propelled howitzer, being able to fire up to 8 rounds/minute to a distance exceeding 60km for guided ammunition. It mounts an ultralight 155/39mm main gun, based on the latest material breakthroughs, and a secondary 7.62 or 12.7mm MG. The 155/39 is manned by a crew of two and provides full NBC and ballistic protection. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B1_Centauro
>> No. 20070 ID: f6e43c
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An IFOR marked Italian Army 19th Cavalry Regiment Consortium IVECO - OTO Melara Centauro B1 (8x8) Tank Destroyer is parked on the shoulder of a road while on patrol in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Three crewmembers are seen standing up through the two turret hatches and the driver's hatch. The Italian Army is in Bosnia during Operation Joint Endeavor, which is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords.
Date: 5 October 1996
>> No. 20071 ID: f6e43c
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The 180 mm gun S-23 (Russian: 180-мм пушка С-23) was a Soviet heavy gun of Cold War era. It was developed in the early 1950s, with the design based on naval guns. Its first public appearance was the 1955 May Day parade in Moscow. For some time, it was believed in the West that the S-23 was actually a 203mm weapon, and as a result it was often referred to as the 203 mm M1955 gun howitzer. However, after an example was captured in the Middle East during the 1970s this misconception was dispelled.

- Soviet S-23 180 mm gun in Beyt ha-Totchan, Zichron Yaakov, Israel.
>> No. 20072 ID: f6e43c
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S-23 in the Cairo Citadel, Egypt
>> No. 20073 ID: f6e43c
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180 mm gun S-23 in Saint Petersburg artillery museum
>> No. 20074 ID: f6e43c
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Donar: A further development of the AGM was revealed in 2008 as the Donar 155mm self-propelled artillery system. The system uses a modified ASCOD 2 IFV chassis with a newer, more efficient two-man turret with a fully automatic ammunition loading and handling system.
>> No. 20075 ID: f6e43c
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DONAR - The revolution of artillery

DONAR, the joint venture between KMW and GDELS , is a highly modern and innovative 155 mm / L52 howitzer which revolutionizes the previous concept of artillery through its high performance. It consists of the fully automatic, unmanned and autonomous artillery gun module in combination with the ASCOD 2, a tested and proven infantry fighting vehicle chassis.

High mobility and autonomous functionality paired with best survivability
DONAR combines the high mobility of an infantry fighting vehicle with the fully automatic, unmanned functionality of the remote-controlled 155 mm / L52 Artillery Gun Module. The fire power of the DONAR therefore corresponds to that of a PzH 2000. The maximum range exceeds 56km with range-increased ammunition.

The interaction between man and machine is optimized and enables extremely fast firing and maneuvering while the autonomous system integrates seamlessly into the networked and centralized command and control system (network-centric warfare). Despite a notable reduction in weight and size, the gun module functions without additional stabilization and can be rotated over 360°.

The crew comprises two soldiers (driver and commander) who operate the system from a heavily-protected driver cab separate from the automatic gun module. The survivability of both crew and system is enhanced through the high degree of automation and also by the cab protection, which satisfies a very high NATO protection class standard and protects the crew against small arms and shell splinters from artillery and mortar munitions. http://www.kmweg.com/home/artillery/autonomous-howitzer/donar/product-information.html
>> No. 20076 ID: f6e43c
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Optimized for air transport
With a gross weight of of less than 31,5 tonnes it is easily possible to transport the system in the future European transport aircraft A400M or similar aircraft of this payload capacity.
>> No. 20077 ID: f6e43c
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Characteristics and capabilities of the DONAR

Unmanned and autonomous 155 MM / L52 artillery module
Fully automatic loading of rounds and modular propellants [charges?]
Superior range and area coverage
Capable of Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI)
Inductive fuse programming
Built-In Test Equipment (BITE) System
Deployable as a C-RAM system
Flexible integration onto suitable wheeled and tracked vehicle chassis
Autonomy in navigation and fire control
Weapon load of 30 rounds
Fully automatic aiming
High mobility on corresponding chassis
>> No. 20082 ID: f6e43c
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What appears to be some Russian 2S35 Koalytsia-SV 152mm self propelled howitzers.
>> No. 20083 ID: f6e43c
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Czech 152mm DANA (ShKH vz. 77) wheeled self-propelled howitzer based on a modified 8x8 Tatra 813 chassis with excellent cross-country mobility.
>> No. 20084 ID: f6e43c
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That specifically appears to be a 152 mm ShKH Ondava: The ShKH Ondava is a development step started during the late 1980s with a longer 152 mm barrel (47 calibers), new muzzle brake (2 chamber), new loading mechanism etc. Max range is 30 km. The Ondava project ended with the velvet revolution and dissolution of the Czechoslovakian state. Technical experience was carried over to the Zuzana project.
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Chinese ISU-152 in the CPLA Tank Museum 2013
>> No. 20088 ID: f6e43c
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Russian WW2 ISU-152 (aka JSU-152) heavy assault gun.
>> No. 20089 ID: f6e43c
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>> No. 20090 ID: f6e43c
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ISU-152 in the Great Patriotic War Museum
>> No. 20091 ID: f6e43c
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German 155mm Panzerhaubitze 2000 of the Royal Netherlands Army.
>> No. 20092 ID: f6e43c
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German 155mm Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH2000NL) being used by the Dutch ISAF in Afghanistan.
>> No. 20093 ID: f6e43c
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>> No. 20095 ID: f6e43c
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I read that Islamic State morons fighting in Syria and Iraq were concerned about fighting the Kurds because they use women soldiers and the ISIS troops were worried that if they were killed by a girl, they won't go to heaven.

They should tell people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan that anyone who gets killed by artillery, airstrikes or drones that they get killed by women.

- A Dutch soldier of Bravo Battery, Fire Support Battalion returns fire during exercise Allied Spirit at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 17, 2015. Exercise Allied Spirit includes more than 1,600 participants from Canada, Hungary, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the U.S. Allied Spirit is exercising tactical interoperability and testing secure communications within alliance members.
>> No. 20096 ID: f6e43c
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A Dutch soldier of Bravo Battery, Fire Support Battalion operates a Panzerhaubitze 2000 during exercise Allied Spirit at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 16, 2015. Exercise Allied Spirit includes more than 1,600 participants from Canada, Hungary, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the U.S. Allied Spirit is exercising tactical interoperability and testing secure communications within alliance members.
>> No. 20105 ID: f6e43c
File 145762229354.jpg - (316.66KB , 2000x1125 , US 155mm M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzer 8.jpg )
The US M109 Paladin 155mm self-propelled howitzer has gone through a few improvements, but is getting long in the tooth.

The USA’s 155mm M109 self-propelled howitzers (SPH) were first introduced in 1962, as a form of armored mobile artillery that could stand up to the massed fire tactics of Soviet heavy artillery and rockets. They and their companion M992 Armored Ammunition Resupply Vehicles (AARV) have been rebuilt and upgraded several times, most recently via the M109A7 Paladin upgrade. http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/have-guns-will-upgrade-the-m109a6-paladin-pim-partnership-04039/

The British Army replaced its M109s with the AS-90. Several European armed forces have or are currently replacing older M109s with the German PzH 2000. Upgrades to the M109 were introduced by the U.S. (see variants below) and by Switzerland (KAWEST). With the cancellation of the U.S. Crusader and Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon, the Paladin will remain the principal self-propelled howitzer for the U.S. for the foreseeable future. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M109_howitzer
>> No. 20106 ID: f6e43c
File 145762250439.jpg - (241.98KB , 900x653 , US 155mm M109A7 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM.jpg )
The newest M109 version for U.S. service is the M109A7, formerly known as the M109A6 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM). The M109A7 shares common components with the Bradley Fighting Vehicle such as the engine, transmission, and tracks. This creates commonality with other systems and maximizes costs-savings in production, parts inventory, and maintenance personnel. The M109A7's on-board power systems harness technologies originally developed for the Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon; the electric drive is faster than the previous hydraulic system, and the automatic rammer more consistently rams the round into the gun for consistent velocities and better accuracy. It features a 600-volt on-board power system to accommodate additional armor and future networking technologies as they become ready. The M109A7 can sustain a one round per-minute rate of fire and a maximum rate of fire of four rounds per-minute. Weighing 78,000 lb (35,000 kg), the M109A7 is 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) heavier than its predecessor, and it has the capacity grow to 110,000 lb (50,000 kg). Even with the weight increase, the M109A7 can travel faster than previous versions at 38 mph (61 km/h) and is more maneuverable than a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Prototypes of the vehicle underwent government testing in preparation for a low-rate initial production decision. The testing included reliability, availability, and maintainability mission testing as well as ballistic hull and turret testing. M109A7 was slated to begin low-rate initial production by 2013. The U.S. Army plans on procuring a fleet of 580 sets of M109A7 howitzers and M992A3 ammunition support vehicles.

In October 2013, the Defense Acquisition Board approved the decision to start M109A7 production. The FY 2014 budget called for $340.8 million in Paladin funding, which would be two dozen vehicle sets at $14.4 million per vehicle. The Army plans to buy 133 vehicles in 66 one-half vehicle sets starting in 2014, although one M109A7 howitzer and two supporting M992A3 ammunition carriers will be destroyed during tests. A full-rate production decision planned for February 2017. On 31 October 2013, BAE received a $668 million contract to begin low-rate initial production of the M109A7. The first M109A6 and M992A2 vehicles were disassembled and reassembled to M109A7 and M992A3 standard as part of low-rate initial production beginning in summer 2014. Low-rate production deliveries began in April 2015.

- Prototype. The M109 Paladin Integrated Management, or "M109 PIM," is slated to begin low-rate initial production by 2013. The 40-ton, next-generation 155mm Howitzer artillery cannon is able to fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections and power more on-board electrical systems.
>> No. 20107 ID: f6e43c
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File 145762401523.jpg - (1.99MB , 3897x2426 , US 155mm M109A7 Paladin & M992A2 Field Artille.jpg )
M109A7 & M992A2 FAASV Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle
The The M992A2 series Carrier, Ammunition Tracked Vehicle (CATV) / Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle (FAASV) accompanies the M109A6 and completes the howitzer section. The CATV has a crew of five. The M992A2 is a full-tracked, aluminum armored, ammunition resupply vehicle with a hydraulic powered conveyor for single-round transfer of ammunition. The M992A2 is comparable to the M109A6 in terms of speed, mobility, and survivability. In addition to ammunition handling equipment, the CATV features projectile rack assemblies and storage compartments; a diesel powered auxiliary power unit used to drive the hydraulic system and recharge vehicle batteries; and an automatic fire extinguisher system (AFES).

The M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle (FAASV) is the firing-position partner for the M109A6 Paladin and other M109 series self-propelled howitzers. It provides timely, efficient, armor-protected ammunition delivery to cannon artillery systems during both firing and non-firing conditions.

Able to carry a 12,000-pound (5,454 kg) ammunition payload, the FAASV can be configured for various ammunition needs and specifications. A 50-caliber machine gun is part of the FAASV's defense. Artillery cargo and crew are protected from fire threats by separate Automatic Fire Suppression in both crew and engine compartments.

An 11.5-horsepower auxiliary power unit provides power support to the FAASV in the field, enabling it to move any type of towed howitzer at a maximum forward speed of 40 mph (64 km/h) and a reverse speed of 7 mph (11.3 km/h). The same Low Heat Rejection engine used in the M109A6 Paladin provides cold start capability and high horsepower for the vehicle, enabling the FAASV to keep pace with artillery forces.

The M109A6 basic load is 37 complete conventional rounds and two Copperhead rounds. The CATV basic load is 96 conventional rounds and four Copperhead rounds. The CATV may average one to five rearming moves per day in addition to tactical and survivability moves. A section, consisting of a howitzer and a CATV, normally operates as one of three sections in a platoon but may operate alone in a fire area. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/m992a2.htm
>> No. 20109 ID: f6e43c
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>> No. 20110 ID: f6e43c
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Russian 2S4 M-1975 Tyulpan (tulip tree) 240mm breech-loading self-propelled mortar.
>> No. 20111 ID: f6e43c
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Don't confuse the M-1975 classification with the Pion.
The 2S7 Pion ("peony") or Malka is a Soviet self-propelled gun. "2S7" is its GRAU designation.

It was identified for the first time in 1975 in the Soviet Army and so was called M-1975 by NATO (the 2S4 Tyulpan also received the M-1975 designation), whereas its official designation is SO-203 (2S7). Its design is based on a T-80 chassis carrying an externally mounted 2A44 203 mm gun on the hull rear.

It takes the crew of seven men 5–6 minutes to come into action and 3–5 minutes to come out of action. It carries four 203 mm projectiles for immediate use. It is capable of firing nuclear ammunition. The gun has a range of 37,500 m, but this can be extended to 55,500 m by using RAPs (Rocket Assisted Projectiles). The Pion has been the most powerful conventional artillery piece since entering service in 1983. One interesting feature of the Pion is the firing alarm. Because the blast of the weapon firing is so powerful - it can physically incapacitate an unprepared soldier or crew member near it from concussive force - the Pion is equipped with an audible firing alarm that emits a series of short warning tones for approximately five seconds prior to the charge being fired.

The 2S7 carries a crew of fourteen; seven are carried by the Pion and seven are with an auxiliary vehicle. The system carries four rounds of ammunition; four more rounds are carried by the support vehicle. Due to the long range, the crew can fire one or two rounds and leave position before the first round hits the enemy position over 40km away. This makes the 2S7 less susceptible to return fire, from an enemy without an anti-artillery system such as ARTHUR. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2S7_Pion
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203-mm self-propelled gun 2S7 «Pion» in Techical museum Togliatti
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Arkhangelskoye. Vadim Zadorozhny’s Vehicle Museum. 2S7 Pion
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Hey, you kids! Don't put your mouths on that thing. That's a 203mm self-propelled gun.
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The 2S5 Giatsint-S (Russian: 2С5 «Гиацинт-С»; English: hyacinth) is a Soviet/Russian 152 mm self-propelled gun. "2S5" is its GRAU designation. It is NBC protected.

Production of the 2S5 Giatsint-S started in 1976 along with the towed version the 2A36 Giatsint-B. It was introduced into service in 1978 and has also been known as the M1981 by the United States. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2S5_Giatsint-S
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Russian 152mm 2S5 'Giacint-S' (or Giatsint-S, M1981) self-propelled howitzer.
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File 14576579032.jpg - (961.90KB , 2000x1328 , North Korean P Kim Jong-un Chuch'e-Po artille.jpg )
- North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un by an unidentified caliber Chuch'e-Po artillery piece.

Chuch'e-Po is a self-propelled artillery gun on a modified Ch'ŏnma-ho chassis.

The Chuch'e-Po is an improvement over the Tŏkch'ŏn artillery piece, which was mounted on an ATS-59 chassis. There are at least four M1991 versions of the Chuch'e-Po, each mounting a different gun; the D-30 122mm, D-74 122 mm, the M-46 130 mm and the ML-20 152 mm howitzer. A fifth M1992 version is armed with the SM-4-1 130mm howitzer. These artillery pieces can be identified by their six road wheels, as compared to the Tok-Ch'on's five, and a prominent recoil cylinder which protrudes from the turret. Another major difference is the fact that the Chuch'e-Po has a fully encased rounded turret, as opposed to the older open-topped self-propelled artillery pieces used previously. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuch%27e-Po
>> No. 20126 ID: f6e43c
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US M109A2 Paladin 155mm SPH in South Korea.
>> No. 20127 ID: f6e43c
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>> No. 20128 ID: edd03a
File 145768124333.jpg - (96.24KB , 999x749 , Батарея гаубиц &#1.jpg )
>Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation (operation “Bagration”) resulted in complete destruction of German Army Group Center. In 2 months the 1,100 km front-line moved 600 km west. This photo was taken on the summer of 1944 by Emmanuel Yevzerikhin. In the Soviet photographic album this photo is called “Stand to Death”.

>The gun is a D-1 howitzer, model 1943. In 1941, for various reasons it was discontinued mass production of 152-mm howitzer model 1938 (M-10). In 1942, trying to solve the problem of lack of a suitable mobile 152 mm howitzer, the design bureau headed by F. F. Petrov started to work privately on a new howitzer, based on the carriage of the M-30 and the barrel of the M-10 (which was fitted with a muzzle brake in order to reduce the recoil and thus prevent damage to the lighter carriage). The approach allowed production to begin on the new howitzer almost immediately from the stockpile of parts for both earlier guns. Given the war situation and shortages of artillery, this solution was both elegant and expedient.

>The State Committee of Defense requested five of the new guns to be sent to the testing grounds on 1 May. On 5 May, two pieces were received for trials; two days later, on 7 May the gun was recommended for adoption, and on 8 August 1943 it was officially adopted as the 152 mm howitzer M1943. One and a half months later, the first series production D-1 howitzers were delivered to the Red Army representatives.

>The Red Army employed D-1 howitzers from 1944 onwards, during the final stages of World War II. The D-1 was used primarily used against personnel, fortifications and key structures in the enemy rear. The anti-concrete G-530 shell was also sometimes used against armored vehicles with good results. During its service the gun earned a reputation for being reliable and accurate. The D-1 was finally withdrawn from service in the mid-seventies.
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File 145771027092.jpg - (439.54KB , 1600x1200 , Russian WW2 152mm (152_4mm or 6-inch) M1943 (D-1) .jpg )
Documentaries of Operation Bagration (destruction of Army Group Center) often showed hundreds of Soviet 122mm & 152mm artillery pieces lined up wheel-to-wheel to the next time zone along with tens of thousands of Katusha rocket launchers in preparation for a murder-fest barrage to smash German forts and division boundary flanks to roll up enemy armies into pockets in fast encirclement deep battles that chewed up brigades like popcorn.

- Russian WW2 152mm (152.4mm or 6-inch) M1943 (D-1) howitzer.
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When these babies start raining on your parade, you got a problem.
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Soviet M1931/B-4 203mm heavy howitzer. Saw extensive use against fortified German positions, earning it the nickname of "Stalin's sledgehammer." Seen here during the Battle of Berlin, where Soviet troops would bring them up to the front lines and use them in a direct-fire role against strong points, a point-blank hit from a 203mm 220-pound shell would make one hell of a hole.
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And its bigger brother, the Br-5/M1939 mortar. Using the same carriage to mount a 280mm 14.2-caliber barrel, throwing a 370-pound shell that left a crater 30 feet across and up to 18 feet deep.

Behind it, you can see a 2B1 Oka, a 420mm monster of a gun with a 60-foot barrel, designed to fire nuclear shells. The intense recoil would damage the chassis, shearing the gearbox mounts and crushing drive sprockets.
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Another Soviet supergun on parade, the 2A3 Kondensator 2P. A 406mm self-propelled howitzer designed to fire nuclear rounds, much like the M65 "Atomic Annie." Total production was four vehicles, and much like its cousin the 2B1 Oka, they were retired with the development of viable tactical ballistic missiles like the 2K6 Luna, known to NATO as the FROG-3.
>> No. 20134 ID: edd03a
  11th Marine Artillery Regiment outside Baghdad April 2003. Apparently this fire mission used over 50 M198 155mm Howitzers. Ammo appears to be the M864.
>> No. 20135 ID: 88c84e
File 145792385854.jpg - (742.15KB , 1800x1191 , North Korean P Kim Jong-un inspects artillery 2.jpg )
North Korea is touted as having a lot of artillery (along with millions of starving slave soldiers), but examining their economy, they are amazingly poor.

North Korea's GDP is only 28 billion dollars. ?!? Even our poorest state in terms of GDP, Vermont, has a GDP 29.75 billion dollars. South Korea has a nominal GDP of $1.393 trillion (2015 figures or about fifty times the size of their annoying neighbor), and PPP of $1.849 trillion (2015).

North Korean GDP (official exchange rate): $28 billion (2013 est.), country comparison to the world: 176
GDP - per capita (PPP): $1,800 (2013 est.) North Korea does not publish reliable National Income Accounts data; the data shown here are derived from purchasing power parity (PPP) GDP estimates for North Korea that were made by Angus MADDISON in a study conducted for the OECD; his figure for 1999 was extrapolated to 2011 using estimated real growth rates for North Korea's GDP and an inflation factor based on the US GDP deflator; the results were rounded to the nearest $10 billion. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html
>> No. 20137 ID: 88c84e
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North Korean 130mm M1992 Tokchon SPH armed with the Soviet SM-4-1 towed coastal gun.
>> No. 20138 ID: 88c84e
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130 mm towed field gun M1954 (M-46)
The 130 mm towed field gun M-46 M1954 is a manually loaded, towed 130 mm artillery piece, manufactured in the Soviet Union in the 1950s. It was first observed by the west in 1954. There is also a Chinese copy, called the Type 59.

For many years, the M-46 was one of the longest range artillery systems around, with a range of more than 27 km. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/130_mm_towed_field_gun_M1954_(M-46)
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The AS-90 (Artillery System for the 1990s; known officially as Gun Equipment 155 mm L131) is a lightly armoured self-propelled artillery piece used by the British Army. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AS-90

This one was labeled as an AS-90 "Braveheart" - Basically the AS-90, but fitted with the 52 calibre length gun. This project was terminated due to non-compliant propellant charges.

This gun appears to have the longer barrel. In 1999, Marconi Electronic Systems was contracted to upgrade British Army AS-90s to include a 52 calibre gun in order to increase the range of the artillery. Critical to the program was a bi-modular charge system from Somchem of South Africa (selected after extensive trials of ammunition from many suppliers), which offered greatly reduced barrel wear. However, this ammunition failed to meet the requirement for insensitive munitions and the project was terminated.
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Russian 406mm 2A3 Kondensator 2P self-propelled howitzer.
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The 2A3 Kondensator 2P (Russian: 2А3 «Конденсатор» - "Condenser") was a Soviet 406 mm self-propelled Howitzer. 2A3 is its GRAU designation.

The 2A3 originated during the Cold War as a response to the United States' new "Pentomic Division" tactical doctrine that emphasized heavy use of nuclear weapons including nuclear artillery. The US M65 cannon was introduced in 1952 and deployed in Germany in 1953. The Soviet Union started its own program to develop a 406mm self-propelled howitzer capable of firing nuclear projectiles, codenamed 'Objekt 271'.

Grabin Design Bureau completed the artillery system in 1955. The 'Objekt 271' chassis from the Kotlin Design Bureau in Leningrad was completed soon thereafter. The unified system received the military industrial designation 2A3 and was completed in 1956 at the Kirov Works in Leningrad. Total production only amounted to four vehicles.

Western observers got their first look at the new weapon during a 1957 parade on Red Square. Initially observers thought that the weapon was a mockup created for deterrent effect.

Kondensator had an exceptionally short service life. Following a period of extensive testing the weapons were assigned to the Artillery High Command reserve. There they remained in service until the military reforms of Nikita Khrushchev were enacted, favouring more effective missile systems over the super-heavy artillery and heavy tanks of the Stalinist era.

All four Kondensator howitzers were retired in the mid-1960s. One of the weapons was placed on static display at the Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2A3_Kondensator_2P
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>> No. 20188 ID: 88c84e
File 145800186989.jpg - (1.41MB , 4128x2322 , Russian 420mm Oka (Transformator) nuclear mortar o.jpg )
These extremely long-barreled howitzers on a tank chassis has reported problems of the barrel banging into the ground if the tank hit a dip or pothole. Perhaps have a truck driving in front of it with the bed filled with mattresses to catch these monster guns.

2B1 Oka (Russian: 2Б1 Ока) is a Soviet 420 mm self-propelled gun. 2B1 is its GRAU designation.

An experimental model was ready in 1957. Its chassis (Object 273), was designed and built by the Kirov Plant. Its 20 meter barrel allowed it to fire 750 kg rounds up to 45 km. Due to its complexity of loading it had a relatively low rate of fire—one round every five minutes. Field tests showed various drawbacks of the entire design (the recoil was too strong for many components: it damaged drive sprockets, tore the gear-box away from its mountings, etc.) and the sheer length rendered it incredibly difficult to transport.

Its development continued until 1960, when the idea of such overpowered guns (along with the 2A3), was abandoned in favor of tactical ballistic missiles, such as the 2K6 Luna. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2B1_Oka
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The thing with these was that nuclear rockets and missiles were being fielded that made these expensive guns immediately obsolete or inefficient.
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The 420mm 20m barrel of the Oka fired this (hopefully inert) 750-kg grenade (mortar shell) 45 km.
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The US M65 280mm T-131 Atomic Cannon, here on a T-10 Heavy Artillery Transporter, was supported on a bridgework between two heavy trucks and could move through cramped streets in German towns.

The cannon was transported by two specially designed tractors, both capable of independent steering in the manner of some extra-long fire engines. Each of the tractors was rated at 375 hp, and the somewhat awkward combination could achieve speeds of 35 miles an hour and negotiate right angle turns on 28 ft wide, paved or packed roads. The artillery piece could be unlimbered in 15 minutes, then returned to traveling configuration in another 15 minutes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M65_Atomic_Cannon
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US Atomic Cannon navigating a street in Germany.
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US 280mm Atomic Cannon fired at Frenchman's Flats Nevada Test Center in 1953.
>> No. 20197 ID: 06a0fb
In case anyone cares, the M65 that fired this test shot is on display at Ft. Sill, OK.

Test shot was Operation Upshot-Knothole, Grable shot. The only artillery-fired atomic weapon ever used. W9 warhead, gun-type assembly making use of enriched uranium. Test shot rated at 15kt, roughly 1 kt more than Little Boy at Hiroshima.

Fun fact: gun type warheads are extremely inefficient but almost guaranteed to detonate. A "successful" detonation only fissions 1-2% of the total critical mass, as prompt criticality kicks in and detonates the two slugs before they can fully close the distance and merge (actually when they were about 9" apart still in the case of Little Boy). If Little Boy is still anything to go by for gun-types, the W9 hit 15KT yield from 1-2% fission of 110+ pounds of uranium for fuel. 1.5 mol of U-235 is needed to initiate super-criticality. 1 mol is a little over 100 pounds. So assuming an improved shot speed forcing the two slugs together faster than prompt criticality requires, from higher velocity high-explosive initiators, given a 2% efficiency only 2-3 pounds of uranium actually explodes in the W9 warhead and the rest is vaporized and coverts to plasma in the heat of the detonation.
>> No. 20219 ID: ab5f34
Hey, guys, what is currently the most modern US self-propelled artillery? And what kind of gun does it have, rifled or smoothbore?
>> No. 20220 ID: d8acd0
File 145845488315.jpg - (1.95MB , 5184x3456 , US 155mm XM2001 Crusader next-gen self-propelled h.jpg )
It looks like the Paladin (first fielded in 1962) SPH is the latest with the M109A7 upgrade. The XM2001 Crusader and XM1203 Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon were cancelled.

The XM2001 Crusader was to be the United States Army's next-generation self-propelled howitzer (SPH), designed to improve the survivability, lethality, mobility, and effectiveness of the artillery as well as the overall force. It was initially scheduled for fielding by 2008. United Defense was the prime contractor; General Dynamics the major subcontractor. In early May 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld cancelled the $11 billion USD program because he considered it neither mobile nor precise enough. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XM2001_Crusader
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More Crusader stuff here:
The XM1203 Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS Cannon) was a mobile 155 mm cannon intended to provide improved responsiveness and lethality to the "unit of action" (UA) commander as part of the US Army's Future Combat Systems project. This self-propelled armored artillery piece provided networked, extended-range targeting, and precision attack of point and area targets in support of other combat units with a suite of munitions that include special purpose capabilities. The Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon provided sustained fire for close support and destructive fire for tactical standoff engagement. The NLOS Cannon used technology from the canceled XM2001 Crusader.

NLOS-C was a proposed system in development to be part of the FCS environment and funded by the U.S. Congress shortly after cancellation of the XM2001 Crusader M109 replacement. It was an 18-ton class vehicle that would have been a replacement for current vehicle systems in the 40-60 ton weight class. It would provide a level of air transportability that current M109 systems cannot at present match. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_Combat_Systems_Manned_Ground_Vehicles#Non-line-of-sight_cannon
>> No. 20225 ID: d8acd0
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The CAESAR from CAmion Equipé d'un Système d'ARtillerie (French: Truck equipped with an artillery system) is a 155 mm/52-calibre gun-howitzer installed on a 6X6 truck chassis. Examples built for the French Army use a Renault Sherpa 10 chassis, examples built for export utilize the 6x6 Unimog U2450L chassis. The CAESAR platform was developed by the former GIAT Industries (now known as Nexter) and is operated by the French, Indonesian, Saudi Arabian, and Thai militaries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAESAR_self-propelled_howitzer
>> No. 20226 ID: d8acd0
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The CAESAR is a wheeled, 155mm 52-caliber self-propelled howitzer. It holds 18 rounds and is typically operated by a crew of five, though if necessary, the CAESAR can be operated by as few as three men. It can be transported by C-130 or A400M, and has a firing range of approximately 42 km using an Extended Range, Full Bore (ERFB) shell, and more than 50 km using rocket assisted shells. The system is integrated with a fully computerized system, providing an automatic control. During Eurosatory 2006, CAESAR was exhibited with an automated laying system based on the SIGMA 30 inertial navigation system.

Nexter is developing an armored cab for the CAESAR in response to demand for more protection for the crew. The additional armor will protect against IEDs and roadside bombs, anti-vehicle mines, and 155 mm shells landing as close as five meters (16 feet) away from the vehicle. It can be added to the cabs of existing CAESARs. Heavier armor will increase its weight by 400 kg (880 pounds) and raise the price by 4-5 percent.

- French soldiers conduct a live-fire exercise, with their Nexter Systems Caesar self-propelled wheeled armored vehicles, outside of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, August 14, 2009.
>> No. 20227 ID: d8acd0
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French soldiers conduct a live-fire exercise, with their Nexter Systems Caesar self-propelled wheeled armored vehicles, outside of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2009.
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>> No. 20231 ID: d8acd0
File 145846154817.jpg - (280.10KB , 1280x857 , US 155mm XM1203 Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) .jpg )
The main chassis of the NLOS-C was based on the Manned Ground Vehicle (MGV) platform being developed for all manned ground platforms under the Future Combat Systems Program, giving the NLOS-C a high commonality with other MGV-based platforms, especially the NLOS-M (Non-Line-of-Sight Mortar). Use of a common chassis was to reduce the need for specialized training of personnel and allow for faster fielding of repairs. The MGV platform utilized a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system. The MGV also employed numerous weight-saving features, including composite armor, composite and titanium structural elements, and continuous band tracks.

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. traveled to BAE Systems in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late May 2008 for the rollout of the first Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon prototype. Prototype 1 made its first public appearance on the National Mall in Washington on June 11, 2008. A total of eight prototypes were delivered to the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, by 2009.[12] The program was officially cancelled in 2009, along with the rest of FCS.
>> No. 20232 ID: d8acd0
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The earlier test vehicles of the NLOS-C appeared to mount a 155mm M777 Light Towed Howitzer on a light tracked chassis. The tow hitch was even not removed from the muzzle.
>> No. 20233 ID: d8acd0
File 145846215020.jpg - (651.15KB , 3000x1955 , US 155mm M777 Light Towed Howitzer 1.jpg )
>> No. 20234 ID: d8acd0
File 145846261029.jpg - (184.16KB , 1280x853 , US 155mm M777 Light Towed Howitzer 2.jpg )
Proving this 155mm howitzer is actually lightweight, here's some Marines shoving one around.

The M777 is smaller and 42% lighter, at under 4,100 kg (9,000 lb), than the M198 it replaces. Most of the weight reduction is due to the use of titanium. The lighter weight and smaller size allows the M777 to be transported by the MV-22 Osprey, CH-47 helicopter or trucks with ease to provide increased mobility and more compact storage over the M198. The minimal gun crew required is five, compared to a previous nine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M777_howitzer

- Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, move a M777 Lightweight Howitzer into place on the flight deck of USS Carter Hall at the Morehead City Port, N.C., August 28, 2010. 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed aboard the ships of Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in late August responding to an order by the Secretary of Defense to support Pakistan flood relief efforts.
>> No. 20235 ID: d8acd0
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Here the US 155mm XM1203 Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) prototype has a different muzzle brake and an armored box around the recoil works and a turret around the breech.
>> No. 20236 ID: d8acd0
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One design concept I read about had an attached ammo vehicle that would automatically replenish the howitzer.
>> No. 20237 ID: d8acd0
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>> No. 20238 ID: d8acd0
File 145846390052.jpg - (1.99MB , 4388x2755 , US 155mm M777A2 Light Towed Howitzer 1.jpg )
SGT Antonio Hinojosa, A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery, 1st Armored Division Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas, waits to give the command to his team to fire their M777A2 howitzer during the Iron Strike exercise.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery, Gunner Battalion, provide direct support Fires to the 1st Brigade Combat Team (Stryker) (BCT), 1st Armored Division (AD). Following its redeployment from Afghanistan in the fall 2013, the battalion supported a variety of division missions, including providing two batteries to train Regional Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets during their summer training at Fort Knox, Ky. With the return of all batteries in August 2014, the Gunners began certifying M777A2s howitzer sections and fire direction centers and supporting the 1 BCT's live-fire exercises. Some of the most dynamic training included the battalion’s first air assault artillery raids with sling loaded M777s under CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and Fires in support of joint exercises with Forward Air Controller-Air (FAC-A) pilots calling for fire from A-10 Warthogs.
With the reconstitution of the DIVARTY, the Gunner Battalion expanded to include the 1 BCT fire supporters and their Stryker-variant fire support vehicles. Now when a battery deploys for training, they have a habitual relationship with both a fire support element and an Infantry battalion. The Gunners are now focused on the train-up for their June 2015 rotation to the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, Calif., with 1 BCT and assumption of the regionally aligned force (RAF) mission in support of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM). http://sill-www.army.mil/firesbulletin/2015/jan-feb/activefa.html
>> No. 20239 ID: ab5f34
What's the bore on those cannons though? Rifled or smooth?
>> No. 20240 ID: 06a0fb
IIRC, M109s use rifled barrels.
>> No. 20241 ID: 88c84e
File 145852219546.jpg - (188.54KB , 2000x1339 , US 155mm M777 Light Towed Howitzer 9.jpg )
Sources don't say if the Crusader uses a rifled or smoothbore barrel (default assumption would be rifled).

- Here you can see the rifling inside the barrel of this US 155mm M777 Light Towed Howitzer.
>> No. 20242 ID: 9723b1
>Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon
>Non-Line-of-Sight Mortar
Isn't all artillery non line of sight?
>> No. 20243 ID: 06a0fb
They were so-named because they were beyond-the-horizon capable systems with advanced RAP in the NLOS-C and a full array of external powder charges in addition to the regular booster propellant rings and a proposed glide-capable GPS-guided mortar munition in the NLOS-M.

Before cancellation NLOS-C, from the completed demonstrator unit, was posting 22-mile ranges without RAP in test shots. However accuracy wasn't significantly increased over M-109 without GPS guidance, and there were issues getting the full weight of the system down and deployment ranges up.
>> No. 20244 ID: ab5f34
Wow, that's some steep rifling. Reminds me of microgroove.
>> No. 20245 ID: 7c90e8
Smoothbores would need fins for stabilization.

Marketing and no other reason. Remember these projects came along during the terrorist money glut, and were mostly designed to sap as much money as possible before getting cancelled.

>22 mile
Is normal for 155mm artillery. Most such guns hover around 23 miles clean, around 27 miles with base bleed or various ballistic coefficient tricks, and 37 miles with rocket assist.
>> No. 20246 ID: 06a0fb
Oh, yeah, I wasn't saying it was stellar. That's part of the reason it was canceled; they were claiming well beyond that without RAP from a short-caliber cannon and weren't delivering while also being unable to shed weight and increase range, all the while no one could get ammo developed that would meet the range goals. IIRC, one of the original RFPs from the designer of the NLOS-C demonstrator claimed that once all R&D was done 30-50 mile ranges without RAP could be achieved. ( I believe BAE was the cannon's designer, not sure about the chassis.)

Why waste the money on another gimped "law of averages" type universal system?
>> No. 20247 ID: 82edf9
File 145865262163.jpg - (1.21MB , 3000x1933 , Chinese 155mm PLZ-05 aka Type 05 self-propelled ho.jpg )
The PLZ05, also referred as the Type 05, is a recent Chinese development. It was developed as a successor to the Type 83 SPH. It evolved from the PLZ45.
This 155-mm self-propelled howitzer has an automatic ammunition loading system. Some sources report, that this autoloader has been copied from the Russian 2S19 Msta-S.
The PLZ05 fires Chinese 155-mm ammunition. Maximum range of fire with rocket-assisted projectile is over 40 km. It is also capable of firing precision-guided projectiles with a maximum range of 20 km. It is worth noting that in the 1990s China obtained the Russian Krasnopol laser-guided projectile technology. Later China successfully developed its own precision guided munitions. Also there is a GPS-guided projectile with a claimed maximum range of 100 km, however it is unconfirmed.
Maximum rate of fire is about 8 to 10 rounds per minute. Onboard ammunition supply is around 30 rounds.
This self-propelled howitzer is supported by an associated ammunition resupply vehicle, which carries ammunition under armor on the battlefield. The resupply vehicle carries about 90 rounds and is capable of automated delivery. This support vehicle is fitted with a crane, which is used for ammunition handling operations and can be also used to replace the powerpack and for other load-handling operations. http://www.military-today.com/artillery/top_10_self_propelled_howitzers.htm
>> No. 20248 ID: 82edf9
File 145865280674.jpg - (188.29KB , 1580x1130 , Chinese 155mm PLZ45 SPA.jpg )
PLZ-05 / Type 05: Self-propelled howitzer with a 52 caliber barrel, 800 hp diesel engine & gross weight of 35 tonnes. It is deployed only with the People's Liberation Army. The PLZ-05 can fire the WS-35 shell, a 40 lb (18 kg) guided munition with accuracy of 40 m (130 ft) and a max range reported to be 100 km (62 mi). It is guided using Beidou Navigation Satellite System, the Chinese version of global positioning system, and inertial guidance.

PLZ-52: The PLZ-52 is a 155mm / 52 caliber tracked self-propelled howitzer similar in appearance to the PLZ-45, but based on a slightly different hull. Having a gross vehicle weight of 43 tonnes, the PLZ-52 features a new powerpack, which consists of a diesel engine developing 1,000 hp at 2,300 rpm coupled to a fully automatic transmission. This gives a maximum road speed of up to 65 km/h and an operational range up to 450 km. The PLZ-52 howitzer has a maximum firing range of 53 km (with ERFB-BB-RA projectiles), maximum firing rate of eight rounds per minute, a burst firing rate of three rounds per fifteen seconds, and a multiple-round simultaneous impact capability of four rounds.

The driver and powerpack are at the front of the hull with a fully enclosed turret at the rear. It has torsion bar suspension with six dual rubber tyred road wheels, a drive sprocket at the front, idler at the rear and track return rollers. The PLZ-52 is offered for export.

PLZ-04: Self-propelled howitzer with a 54 caliber barrel and apparently offered for export.
>> No. 20249 ID: 82edf9
File 14586529513.jpg - (706.89KB , 2100x1381 , Chinese 155mm PLZ45 SPA 2.jpg )
>> No. 20250 ID: 82edf9
File 145865304881.jpg - (896.82KB , 768x1058 , Chinese 155mm PLZ45 53 km rocket assisted shell.jpg )
Chinese 155mm PLZ-45 reportedly has a 53 km range using a pictured rocket assisted shell.
>> No. 20251 ID: 82edf9
File 145865389470.jpg - (2.84MB , 4288x2848 , German 155mm PzH 2000 in a C-17 Globemaster III 1.jpg )
The Panzerhaubitze 2000 ("armoured howitzer 2000"), abbreviated PzH 2000, is a German 155 mm self-propelled howitzer developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall for the German Army. The PzH 2000 is one of the most powerful conventional artillery systems deployed in the 2010s. It is particularly notable for a very high rate of fire; in burst mode it can fire three rounds in 9 seconds, ten rounds in 56 seconds, and can—depending on barrel heating—fire between 10 and 13 rounds per minute continuously. The PzH 2000 has automatic support for up to 5 rounds of Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI). The replenishment of shells is automated. Two operators can load 60 shells and propelling charges in less than 12 minutes. PzH 2000 has also been selected by the armies of Italy, Netherlands, Greece, Lithuania and Croatia, and more orders are probable as many NATO forces replace their M109 howitzers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzerhaubitze_2000

- A Howitzer 2000 tank from the Netherlands is fastened to the floor of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 6, 2006. The C-17, from the Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., is transporting the 60-ton tank to Afghanistan.
>> No. 20252 ID: 82edf9
File 145865463174.jpg - (1.65MB , 2646x1764 , German 155mm PzH 2000 (Panzerhaubitze 'armore.jpg )
Although not the latest SPH, the German PzH 2000 is often regarded as the best.
What SPH would you consider the best?
Rate by rounds per minute, shell range, accuracy, chassis speed, air-mobility, ammo replenishment speed?
>> No. 20253 ID: 82edf9
File 145865467686.jpg - (2.62MB , 3186x2121 , German 155mm PzH 2000 in Italian service 1.jpg )
>> No. 20254 ID: 82edf9
File 14586547917.jpg - (3.74MB , 4232x2817 , German 155mm PzH 2000 in Italian service 2.jpg )
An Italian Army PzH 2000, self-propelled Howitzer on October 17, 2015 during Trident Juncture 15.
>> No. 20255 ID: 82edf9
File 145865584221.jpg - (351.73KB , 2100x1502 , Chinese 155mm PLZ-05 aka Type 05 self-propelled ho.jpg )
Interesting to see the Chinese made this in 155mm and not the Soviet 152mm.
>> No. 20256 ID: 82edf9
File 145865586225.jpg - (901.19KB , 3303x2299 , Chinese 155mm PLZ-05 aka Type 05 self-propelled ho.jpg )
>> No. 20411 ID: 83d63c
File 145999348592.jpg - (388.05KB , 1818x1228 , US 203mm (8-inch) M110 self-propelled howitzer in .jpg )
US 203mm (8-inch) M110 self-propelled howitzer in Vietnam.
>> No. 20412 ID: 83d63c
File 14599936502.jpg - (1.33MB , 4000x3000 , US 203mm M110A2 8-inch self-propelled howitzer 6.jpg )
US 203mm M110A2 8-inch self-propelled howitzer.
>> No. 20413 ID: 83d63c
File 145999421473.jpg - (2.46MB , 4000x2256 , US 203mm (8-inch) M110 self-propelled howitzer 1.jpg )
>> No. 20414 ID: 83d63c
File 145999458517.jpg - (2.49MB , 2496x1664 , US WW2 203mm (8-inch) M115 towed howitzer 1.jpg )
- US WW2 203mm (8-inch) M115 towed howitzer.
The M115 203 mm howitzer, also known as the M115 8 inch howitzer, was a towed howitzer developed and used by the United States Army. Until the 1950s it was designated the 8 inch Howitzer M1. The original design started in 1919 but lapsed until resurrected in 1927 as a partner-piece for a new 155 mm gun. It was standardised as 8 inch Howitzer M1 in 1940. The M115/M1 was towed by the M35 Prime Mover gun tractor or a Mack 7 1⁄3 ton 6x6 truck.

Like the British BL 8 inch Howitzer of the First World War, the M115 uses a Welin screw for its breech. The carriage was the same as used for the US 155 mm gun and was also adopted by the British for their 7.2 inch Mark 6 howitzer. It consists of equilibrator assemblies, elevating and traversing mechanisms, two single-wheel, single-axle heavy limber, two-axle bogie with eight tyres and two trails. Four spades, carried on the trails, are used to emplace the weapon. The British 8 inch howitzer was produced in England and under license in the US, for the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I, as the 8-inch Howitzer MK. VI. It was in service with the US Army till replaced by the M115. There are no reports of the MK. VI or another marks being used during World War II.

The first photos of the M115 type 8 inch cannon on its redesign carriage appeared in 1931 but development was slowed by the Great Depression.

The M115 saw U.S. service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In the late 1950s, it was adopted in small numbers by several NATO armies, to fire the W33 (M454 shell) and later the W79 nuclear artillery shell, under the NATO nuclear sharing concept, a role which ended when the smallest types of tactical nuclear weapons were removed from service and eliminated. It was also adopted as a field weapon by a number of nations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and saw service in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis and the Croatian War of Independence.
>> No. 20415 ID: 83d63c
File 145999465267.jpg - (2.77MB , 4000x3000 , UK WW1 8-inch (203mm) BL Howitzer Mk 6 in Russia 1.jpg )
UK WW1 8-inch (203mm) BL Howitzer Mk 6 in Russia.
>> No. 20416 ID: 83d63c
File 145999471022.jpg - (1.64MB , 3910x2166 , UK WW1 8-inch (203mm) BL Howitzer Mk 6 in Russia 2.jpg )
>> No. 20417 ID: 83d63c
File 145999478739.jpg - (388.28KB , 1800x1054 , UK WW1 8-inch BL Howitzer Mk 6, aka US Model 1917,.jpg )
UK WW1 8-inch BL Howitzer Mk 6, aka US Model 1917, supplied to the Finnish army.
>> No. 20418 ID: 83d63c
File 145999484125.jpg - (655.19KB , 1800x1308 , UK WW1 8-inch BL Howitzer Mk 6, aka US Model 1917,.jpg )
>> No. 20419 ID: 83d63c
File 145999487116.jpg - (317.16KB , 1600x1118 , UK WW1 8-inch BL Howitzer Mk 6, manufactured in US.jpg )
>> No. 20420 ID: 83d63c
File 14599949005.jpg - (170.98KB , 1280x960 , UK WW1 8-inch BL Howitzer Mk 8 at the Canadian War.jpg )
UK WW1 8-inch BL Howitzer Mk 8 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
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