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Artillery Gun Module (AGM)

155-mm self-propelled howitzer

Artillery Gun Module (AGM)

The Artillery Gun Module 155-mm self-propelled howitzer was developed as a private venture



Entered service -
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 27 t
Length (gun forward) 10.42 m
Hull length ~ 8 m
Width 2.97 m
Height 3.06 m
Armament
Main gun 155-mm howitzer
Barrel length 52 calibers
Machine guns -
Projectile weight 43.5 kg
Maximum firing range 30 - 40 km
Maximum rate of fire 6 - 8 rpm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 30 rounds
Machine guns -
Mobility
Engine Cummins VTA-903T diesel
Engine power 550 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Range 480 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.9 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Artillery Gun Module (AGM) 155-mm self-propelled howitzer was developed as a private venture to meet potential future requirement of the German Army. Prototype of the AGM was revealed in 2004.

   The Artillery Gun Module is based on the technology of the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer, which is in service with German Army. It provides the same performance of the PzH 2000, but is cheaper to build has reduced crew and significantly lighter weight. The AGM is air-transportable. It was developed as a supplement to the PzH 2000 where heavier weaponry is not available, recommendable or too expensive.

   The Artillery Gun Module uses the 155-mm / L52 gun. The AGM has a fully automatic loading system, which loads the projectiles and the charges. The main gun components are from the PzH 2000. It also retains features and performance parameters of the PzH 2000. The AGM has a rate of fire of 6 - 8 rounds per minute and is capable of multiple-round simultaneous-impact firing. If necessary the system can be loaded and fired manually. The AGM is compatible with all standard NATO munitions. Maximum range of fire is 30 km with standard rounds and 40 km with base bleed rounds. A total of 30 projectiles are and associated charged are carried. The AGM can also be adapted for a lighter gun, such as the 155-mm / L39 of 105-mm gun.

   Artillery Gun Module is fitted with advanced fire control system. A muzzle reference system feeds information into the fire control system. It receives target data via radio or datalink. The AGM is fitted with Global Positioning System. It takes approximately 30 seconds to prepare to fire. After firing the last round vehicle leaves position to avoid counter-battery fire.

   The system is operated by a two men crew. A lifting system is installed at the front of the turret. It allows the crew to reload magazine from outside of the vehicle.

   Turret of the Artillery Gun Module is made of lightweight aluminum armor and provides protection against small arms, artillery shell splinters and against nuclear, biological or chemical warfare attacks.

   A prototype of the AGM uses modified tracked chassis of the US M270 MLRS and has a combat weight of 27 tons. It is powered by the Cummins VTA-903T diesel engine, developing 550 horsepower. Vehicle is fitted with auxiliary power unit, which powers all necessary systems when the main engine is shut down.

   The AGM module weights 12.5 tons and alternatively can be mounted on 6x6 or 8x8 trucks, tracked vehicles or main battle tanks. The intention id to integrate the AGM into available chassis for the customer country to provide modern and cost effective artillery system.

   A completely different programme led by shipbuilders is being developed. A MONARC naval modular artillery gun integrates the gun turret and autoloader from the PzH 2000 into the deck of a naval vessel.

 

Variants

 

   Donar 155-mm self-propelled howitzer is a further development of the AGM. It uses modified ASCOD 2 IFV tracked chassis.

 
Artillery Gun Module (AGM)

Artillery Gun Module (AGM)

Artillery Gun Module (AGM)

Artillery Gun Module (AGM)

Artillery Gun Module (AGM)

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