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G6-52

155-mm self-propelled gun-howitzer

G6-52 artillery system

The G6-52 self-propelled gun-howitzer is a further development of the combat proven G6 Rhino

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 49 t
Length (gun forward) ?
Hull length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Armament
Main gun 155-mm howitzer
Barrel length 52 calibers
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Maximum firing range 58 (67) km
Maximum rate of fire 6 rpm
Elevation range - 5 to + 75 degrees
Traverse range 80 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 48 rounds
Machine guns 2 000 rounds
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 525 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 700 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.45 m
Trench 1 m
Fording 1 m

 

   The G6-52 self-propelled gun-howitzer is a new artillery system developed by Denel. It is a further development of the combat proven G6 Rhino to meet demands of modern warfare. This new artillery system has increased firing range and increased rate of fire. The G6-52 was first revealed in 2003, however since then it is further improved. All existing G6 Rhino systems can be upgraded to the G6-52 standard. Currently this artillery is actively marketed for the export customers, however no orders were received as of 2015.

   The G6-52 is fitted with a longer 155-mm /L52 howitzer comparing with its predecessor. It is also fitted with a fully-automatic ammunition loading and handling system. The G6-52 was originally developed with 23 and 25 liter chambers, however marketing is now concentrated on the 23 liter chamber, which meets the NATO Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding. This artillery system comes with a modular charge system and is compatible with a Denel developed V-LAP rocket assisted projectiles, as well as standard NATO 155-mm ammunition. The G6-52 has a range of 58 km with V-LAP projectile. When firing a high-explosive extended-range full bore projectile maximum range is 33 km. The G6-52 is capable of multiple round simultaneous impact firing. It can fire 5 rounds at 25 km range to hit target simultaneously.

   Vehicle is fitted with modern fire control system. The G6-52 has automatic gun laying and navigating systems. It can stop and fire its first round in 60 seconds from traveling. It also takes 30 seconds to leave firing position after firing, making it less vulnerable to counter-battery fire.

   Welded steel armor of the G6-52 protects against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds at the front arc. All-round protection is against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle can withstand a detonation of anti-tank mine under any wheel and still remain operational. NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems are fitted as standard.

   Vehicle has a crew of five, including commander, driver, gun layer, loader and breech operator. In case of emergency a crew of three can operate the system just as well. Ammunition reloading is semi-automatic from ground pile or ammunition resupply vehicle. Ammunition is reloaded in about 10 minutes.

   The G6-52 is based on a Land Systems OMC 6x6 wheeled chassis. It is one of the heaviest wheeled armored vehicles in existence. This artillery system is powered by unspecified diesel engine, developing 525 hp. Vehicle has an automatic tyre inflation system and is fitted with run flat inserts.

 

Variants

 

   G6-52L Extended Range, fitted with 25 liter chamber. The G6-52 Extended Range has a maximum range of 67 km with a V-LAP projectile. This artillery system can launch a maximum of 6 rounds in MRSI mode.

 

Video of the G6-52 self-propelled gun-howitzer

 
G6-52 artillery system

G6-52 artillery system

G6-52 artillery system

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