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Subject: DONAR: 155/52 AGM makes a comeback...sort of
doggtag    6/6/2008 1:58:33 PM
From the 05 June 2008 Press Releases over at Defense-Aerospace.Com, "Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and General Dynamics European Land Systems to Produce Advanced Artillery System" A new attempt at marketing the Artillery Gun Module, a fully automated, 30-round capacity 155/52 gun (same model as used in the PzH2000) initially trialled on a modified M270 MLRS chassis, only this time the chassis is a derivative of the ASCOD 2 AFV...
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doggtag       6/6/2008 1:59:58 PM
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KMW and GD have developed and build a prototype of the Donar air-deployable 155mm artillery system, whose 52-calibre gun has a range of 56 km. (KMW photo)
MUNICH/VIENNA --- Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Munich, and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GD ELS), Vienna, are teaming to develop and market a new generation, air deployable, autonomous and remotely operated 155mm artillery system. The system addresses the growing need for precise indirect fire capabilities that can augment or even replace close-air-support operations previously conducted by costly fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft.

Frank Haun, CEO of KMW, and John C. Ulrich, President of General Dynamics European Land Systems, share the value of this partnership: ?We share the value of the collaboration. This program it is a significant innovation and will benefit all.?

The KMW / GD ELS system, called the DONAR, provides capabilities that will change conventional artillery doctrine. DONAR not only reduces crew and logistics requirements, but also provides for autonomous operations. The system is targeted to replace legacy systems (e.g., M109, AS90, K9, etc.) in service with modern armies.

A first prototype has already undergone rigorous mobility and fire trials at the test facility of the German procurement agency BWB (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung), and will be displayed during this year?s defence exhibition EUROSATORY in Paris, France.

The DONAR is a joint European technology program of GD ELS and KMW that utilizes specific resources and shared skills between the companies, creating true value for European and international defence forces. The joint effort also follows the growing European trend towards enhanced multinational industry cooperation in the land system sector.

Unique system features: one solution

DONAR possesses multiple features that are unique to the worldwide artillery community.

-- Air transportability - the total systems weights less than 31 metric tons, allowing it to be transported in the future European Transport Aircraft A400M or similar aircraft with payload capacities in this class.

-- Autonomous operation - The completely remotely operated artillery module is equipped with a 155mm (52 cal.) cannon, giving it the advanced fire power of a PzH2000. DONAR?s maximum range amounts to more than 56 kilometers (vlap). Its on-board ammunition supply includes 30 fuzed 155 mm shells and a corresponding number of charge modules. Despite a marked reduction in weight and size, the gun module is operational without any additional stabilization and provides a 360-degree azimuth range.

In addition, the autonomous system character of DONAR allows a consistent step towards networked, centralised command and contr
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