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  • Massive breakthrough: 155 mm howitzer artillery destroys incoming cruise missile

    09/17/2020 1:43:24 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 41 replies
    U.S. Air Force, Fox ^ | Published 2 days ago | U.S. Air Force, Kris Osborn | Warrior Maven
    In an amazing first, an artillery cannon took out a cruise missile. An M109 Paladin 155 mm howitzer made history recently by shooting down a fast-moving maneuvering cruise missile with a “hypervelocity projectile” able to travel at speeds up to Mach 5, according to an Air Force announcement. Historically, armored vehicles such as tanks, howitzers or infantry carriers have not operated with an ability to destroy fast-moving, long-range cruise missiles, yet the successful demonstration breaks new ground. The shoot-down, which took place at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, destroyed a “surrogate” Russian cruise missile target using the Air Force’s...
  • China unleashes new weapon towards western border as India tensions escalate

    06/28/2020 8:50:41 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 51 replies ^ | Jun 29, 2020 | By EDWARD BROWNE
    CHINA has introduced a new howitzer weapon to its western borders following a fatal military clash with India in the Himalayas earlier this month. A howitzer is short cannon-type weapon that is capable of firing projectiles at high trajectories. The particular model that China is rolling out is called a PCL-181. These vehicle-mounted weapons are relatively new, having made a public debut at a military parade in Beijing in October last year. The cheap, light howitzer China is rolling out in Tibet The PCL-181 Click here to go to yuck tube.
  • Meet the M1299, the new Army howitzer with twice the range of the Paladin

    07/25/2019 3:14:30 PM PDT · by PROCON · 137 replies ^ | July 24, 2019 | Jared Keller
    U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground conducts developmental testing of multiple facets of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery project, from artillery shells to the longer cannon tube and larger firing chamber the improved howitzer will need to accommodate them on November 18, 2018 (U.S. Army photo)The future of Army long-range precision officially has a name. The Army confirmed on Monday that it plan on designating the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) program's brand new 155mm self-propelled howitzer as the M1299, Army Recognition reports. Developed in response to increasing concerns of near-peer adversaries like Russia and China, the ERCA gun nailed targets...
  • Slovakia’s Unusual Artillery Is Among the Most Advanced in the World

    06/04/2018 8:47:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 24, 2018 | Robert Beckhusen
    Konstrukta photos When the DANA began rolling off Czechoslovakian assembly lines in the late 1970s, there wasn’t much else like it. The enormous, 152-millimeter self-propelled howitzer had eight road wheels instead of tracks. Most mobile artillery pieces at that time were tracked, like tanks, and the DANA was the first gun its of its size to roll on wheels — while carrying an innovative auto-reloading mechanism for the cannon. The Czechoslovak People’s Army wanted the DANA so it wouldn’t have to rely as much on the Soviet industry for its needs — and the wheels made for a speedy and...
  • Russian Navy to decide on prototype Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval howitzer system production

    11/26/2016 3:15:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | 26 November 2016
    The Russian Navy has not yet made any decision on the production of a prototype of the promising Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne howitzer, the press office of Russia’s Uralvagonzavod armor producer said in an interview with Flotprom online media organization. Koalitsiya F Howitzer turret 152mm Russia Navy Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval gun system The information about the Koalitsiya-F howitzer appeared in the media back to 2006, the press office added. "Russia’s Burevestnik Central Research Institute [an Uralvagonzavod subsidiary] has worked out proposals concerning the development of the Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne system and submitted them to the Navy," the press office said. "As...
  • Russian Brigades to Receive Koalitsiya-SV Self-Propelled Gun Soon

    11/18/2016 5:47:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Sputnik news ^ | Nov 18, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Russian Land Force's artillery brigades will begin receiving state-of-the-art Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled guns in the near future, chief of missile and artillery troops Maj. Gen. Mikhail Matveevsky said Friday. "The planned purchase and supply of these complexes into the artillery brigades will begin in the near future," Matveevsky said. Koalitsiya-SV was first unveiled at the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015, in Red Square, Moscow. Matveevsky underscored the automated weapon's innovative multi-round simultaneous impact firing capabilities, delivering several volleys at various trajectories to engage a target at the same time. "The combat capabilities of the complex are...
  • America’s Next Mobile Howitzer Is a Danger to Its Crew

    08/12/2016 7:21:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 12, 2016 | ROBERT BECKHUSEN
    The U.S. Army in the coming years will build hundreds of new mobile howitzers, and largely, the project has been a success. Except there will be a problem if the self-propelled howitzers catch on fire. The Paladin M109A7 PIM — the latest in America’s line of tracked artillery pieces — has an automated fire-suppression system known as an AFES. But during survivability tests, the AFES “did not protect the entire crew compartment” and that “howitzer crews are at increased fire risk” according to a report by the Pentagon’s Inspector General released in August. Oil, lubricants and the heating system inside the Paladins are all...
  • Army Explores Anti-Ship Howitzers & Anti-Air Strykers

    02/14/2016 3:23:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | February 12, 2016 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    ARLINGTON: New threats from Russia and China mean the Army must take on new missions — but it’s got almost no new money so the Army is looking at ways to modify existing systems to do some radically new things. So imagine howitzers firing precision-guided cannon shells to shoot cruise missiles out of the sky or to sink ships on the South China Sea. Imagine networking existing sensors in new ways to counter Russian heavy jamming. Imagine eight-wheel-drive Stryker armored vehicles acting as mobile anti-aircraft guns. “One of the highlights that I was trying to emphasize is repurposing existing capability,”...
  • Military Photo of the Day

    12/02/2013 5:59:07 AM PST · by frankenMonkey · 15 replies
    MILPOD ^ | 2 Dec 2013 | MILPOD
    Marines with Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, fire M777A2 Lightweight Howitzers aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms during Exercise Steel Knight, a combined arms exercise conducted by 1st Marine Division Marines. Dec. 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl Jason Morrison. Larger image is viewable at
  • Scoot and Shoot “à la Française:” Caesar SP Gun Transforms French Artillery

    05/13/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies ^ | May 7, 2013 | Giovanni de Briganti
    Scoot and Shoot “à la Française:” Caesar SP Gun Transforms French Artillery (Source:; published May 7, 2013) By Giovanni de Briganti DRAGUIGNAN, France --- The French army has almost completed the wholesale transformation of its artillery, a process which has seen the merger of its air-defense and field artillery units and the gradual replacement of its towed (TRF1) and self-propelled (AUF1) 155mm howitzers by the Caesar truck-mounted, air-transportable gun of the same caliber but with substantially longer range. In terms of units, the reorganization will be completed this summer with the disbandment of the 8th Artillery Regiment, the fourth...
  • India to buy 145 howitzers from BAE Systems

    05/12/2012 12:33:25 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 25 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | May 12, 2012 | MarketWatch
    NEW DELHI -(MarketWatch)- India's defense ministry has approved a proposal to buy 145 ultra-light howitzers from U.S.-based BAE Systems Inc. for about 30 billion rupees ($560 million), a senior defense ministry official said Saturday, as the South Asian country continues its efforts to modernize its armed forces. The proposal to buy the M777 artillery guns was cleared Friday by the Defense Acquisitions Council, chaired by defense minister A. K. Antony, the official, who didn't wish to be named, told Dow Jones Newswires by phone. He said the signing of a final contract could take some more months after completion of...
  • The G6 - Still Outgunning the Competition (South African artillery)

    03/15/2012 8:40:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Denel, South Africa ^ | March 15, 2012
    The G6 - Still Outgunning the Competition 15:38 GMT, March 15, 2012 Twenty five years after it astonished the global defence community, South Africa’s G6 self-propelled Gun-Howitzer still sets the standards against which all long-distance artillery are being measured. “The G6 was ahead of its time when it was first launched in 1987,” says Stephan Burger, the CEO of Denel Land Systems. “Through our continuous research and investment in the gun we have ensured it remains ahead of the pack as the most versatile and reliable artillery system in its class.” “We are still outgunning all our global competitors by...
  • IDF to replace outdated howitzers after decades of service

    07/17/2011 8:58:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/17/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IDF to replace outdated howitzers after decades of service By YAAKOV KATZ 17/07/2011 American M109 howitzers have undergone a series of upgrades since they debuted in the Yom Kippur War. The IDF is looking to replace its aging M109 155 mm. self-propelled howitzers, after decades of service and participation in a number of wars. Israel received the American M109 howitzers in the 1970s and they debuted in the Yom Kippur War. They have since undergone a series of upgrades and today are fitted with air purification systems so crews can continue operating in the event of a chemical or biological...
  • US Howitzer field trial report leaked, Army seizes computers in probe (India)

    02/14/2011 9:28:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Feb 14 2011 | Shishir Gupta
    US Howitzer field trial report leaked, Army seizes computers in probe shishir gupta Posted online: Mon Feb 14 2011, 08:15 hrs New Delhi : In what the Army suspects is a case of “commercial espionage,” pages have been leaked from the classified report of the just-concluded field trial of the M777 ultra-light Howitzer that from the United States this year. The Army Headquarters has ordered the Director General Military Intelligence (DGMI) to conduct an inquiry. The acquisition, through the government-to- government foreign military sales route, is worth over $ 647 million for 10 regiments (160) guns. And is meant to...
  • G6 Renoster: Twisting in the Wind (South African howitzer)

    01/04/2011 4:46:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Forecast International ^ | January 3, 2010 | D. Lockwood
    G6 Renoster: Twisting in the Wind NEWTOWN, Conn. - The G6 Renoster has seen no new sales since Denel completed the export order for Oman in 1999. Production for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is complete; modernization and retrofit of the 43 systems in SANDF service are ongoing. Despite ongoing development (including the T6 turret and associated 155mm ammunition) and an aggressive international marketing campaign, Denel is facing a lack of sales prospects for the G6 Renoster. In addition to an increasingly wide array of comparable offerings on the international market, Denel's legal problems with India's Ministry of...
  • S.Korea to Buy $1.2 Bil Dollar Worth of K9 and F-15Ks

    11/26/2010 8:16:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Arirang, South Korea ^ | November 26, 2010
    S.Korea to Buy $1.2 Bil Dollar Worth of K9 and F-15Ks The South Korean government has set a 1.4 trillion won or about 1.2-billion-US-dollar budget in purchasing K-9 self-propelled howitzers and F-15K fighter jets with the hopes of strengthening the country's military and naval forces. According to finance and defense ministries on Friday the amount of next year's national defense budget has increased 5.8 percent compared to this year's. Such an increase is seen as an effort to strengthen South Korea's military capabilities in the wake of North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island this week. With the newly set budget...
  • South thwarts even bigger attack

    11/25/2010 9:25:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | November 25, 2010 | Christine Kim
    South thwarts even bigger attack Military says strike by howitzers took out equipment November 25, 2010 North Korea had planned to fire more shells than the roughly 170 rounds that fell on Yeonpyeong Island and the waters around it, but a counterattack by South Korea damaged their equipment, South Korean military officials said yesterday. The South, however, did not describe the extent of the damage, adding to the list of unanswered questions over the first inland skirmish between the two Koreas since the Korean War. The attack by the North left two marines and two civilians dead. “After the North...
  • Artillery in the 21st Century – Proven, Flexible and Tailored

    02/18/2010 11:43:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 567+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 2/18/2010 | Nicolas von Kospoth
    Emanating from the world’s most combat proven and effective tube artillery system, the Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) developed an independent artillery module, fully meeting current military requirements. Accurate fire power is and remains an important military requirement. In current conflicts such as in Afghanistan, the PzH2000 could prove that this system can be perfectly deployed in asymmetric combat theatres. During Operation Medusa and the Battle of Chora, the Dutch PzH2000 effectively supported coalition forces and eliminated targets up to a distance of 46 kilometres. Indirect fire support is and remains an important element in current, as...
  • US okays howitzers worth $647 million for India

    01/27/2010 2:31:17 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 15 replies · 739+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 27 January 2010 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: Asserting that its sale to India will "improve interoperability with US Soldiers and Marines," the US defense agency tasked with the transfer of military hardware and promoting military-to-military ties has notified the US Congress of the Obama administration's intention to sell 145 M777 Howitzers to India in a deal worth $ 647 million. The mandatory notification follows a request from India for the light-weight towed Howitzer with Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems (LINAPS), the first major artillery purchase by New Delhi after the star-crossed Bofors deal going back to the 1980s. The $647 million deal will include warranty, spare...
  • BAE Systems unveils new howitzer

    01/26/2010 9:57:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 846+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/21/2010 | UPI via Space War
    BAE Systems has unveiled its brand new howitzer for deployment in the U.S. Army and eventually for military customers elsewhere. The next-generation howitzer is an upgraded Paladin Integrated Management vehicle in the M-109 Paladin family of vehicles, a combat-proven weapon system manufactured by BAE Systems in York, Pa. It was not immediately clear when the weapon would be marketed outside the United States, currently its major user. Previous PIM models are known to be operational with the Israeli army, and usage has been reported in Kuwait and Taiwan. Congressional representatives, community leaders and BAE employees attended a ceremony at the...