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Artillery: PzH 2000 Lite
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July 13, 2007: The German manufacturer of the highly successful PzH 2000 self propelled (SP) 155mm artillery gun, has developed a lighter version. The AGM (Artillery Gun Module) self propelled gun puts the 12.5 ton PzH 2000 turret on a lighter armored vehicle, or heavy truck. The turret contains a fully automated loading system, and 30 155mm shells and propellant charges. There is only a two man crew, and one of them enters the firing information, and the shell is loaded and fired in the proper direction. Mounted on the same chassis as the U.S. MLRS rocket launcher, the AGM weighs 27 tons. If you mount it on a heavy (6x6) truck, it weighs about 23 tons. In contrast, the PzH 2000 weighs 55 tons, and most of the additional weight is armor, to protect the gun from enemy counter-fire. But the AGM, using GPS guided rounds (like the new U.S. Excalibur), would be able to fire one or two rounds, and get away before counter-fire could arrive. Thus one AGM, with 30 Excalibur rounds, could be able to take out two dozen targets (taking into account misfires and targets needed a second shell), before needing resupply.

 

All this is just as revolutionary as what happened a century ago, when more accurate, long range howitzers appeared, making precision artillery fire, at targets over the horizon, a possibility for the first time. This innovation changed artillery use on a fundamental level for the next century.

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doggtag    Geez, people are acting like this thing is brand new...   7/13/2007 6:57:17 AM
...when some of us could find info about the prototypes even 2 years ago (Tank Net, Army-Technology.Com, Jane's, etc...)
I know there's a few threads here where a few of us have posted it up in the past.
 
Being a relatively lightweight, this might be an ideal means for the US to get a 52-cal 155mm piece into service (since the C-130 requirement has been cut from the FCS program, the other 2 airlifters, C-5 and C-17, could accomodate this with ease, and the 52 outshoots a 38-39 cal barrel any day of the week).
And having 30 rounds, its loadout isn't really any less than earlier model M109s.
Plus, there's the hull commonality with the MLRS, as well as a minimal crew thanks to the automation (NLOS-C looks to be armed with an automated turret also).
 
 
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hooded swan       7/13/2007 4:42:10 PM

Hardly a new idea, since the Giat Caesar went into test & eval back in 2003.  (It goes on-line with the French army next year)  This AGM on the MLRS chassis for heavy brigades + the Caesar for Stryker brigades (will there be MRAP brigades?) appears to be the ideal solution.
 
...when some of us could find info about the prototypes even 2 years ago (Tank Net, Army-Technology.Com, Jane's, etc...)

I know there's a few threads here where a few of us have posted it up in the past.

Being a relatively lightweight, this might be an ideal means for the US to get a 52-cal 155mm piece into service (since the C-130 requirement has been cut from the FCS program, the other 2 airlifters, C-5 and C-17, could accomodate this with ease, and the 52 outshoots a 38-39 cal barrel any day of the week).

And having 30 rounds, its loadout isn't really any less than earlier model M109s.

Plus, there's the hull commonality with the MLRS, as well as a minimal crew thanks to the automation (NLOS-C looks to be armed with an automated turret also).



 
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Eggy       7/13/2007 5:44:54 PM
Great solution. The Dutch have a few PzH 2000 SPA pieces in Afghanistan and they are quite effective but they don't necessarily need the extra armor because they fire mainly from static postions like FOBs and MOBs. If they only way 23 tons you don't need a C17 to transport them.
 
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Nasty German Idiot       7/13/2007 6:22:07 PM
They were designed to be A-400 compatible.
 
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