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FH-70 - 155mm Howitzer

A towed howitzer capable of moving itself by an auxiliary power unit. The maximum range is about 30 km. First delivered to the British Army in 1978, the howitzer is in service with two regiments, and is also used by Japan. Designed to enable NATO forces to use the 155mm round which is capable of disrupting massed armoured formations. The gun is normally towed into action, but in emergencies can use a small petrol engine mounted on the gun to move short distances on the battlefield.

Specifications

Crew 8
Weight
Height 2.56m
Engine Volkswagen 1,795cc petrol
LENGTH OVERALL 9,800mm (travelling)
12,400mm (firing)
BARREL LENGTH 6,022mm
Height 2.56m
MAX WEIGHT about 9,600kg
8,800 kg (in firing position)
SHELL LOADING SYSTEM automatic
CALIBRE 155mm
Ammunition HE, Smoke, Illuminating
Maximum Range 30 km (RAP)
24 km
Shell Weight (HE) 43.5kg
RATE OF FIRE 6 rounds per min.
Engine Volkswagen 1,795cc petrol



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