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155-mm self-propelled howitzer

Krab SPH

Polish army requirement is for 80 Krab self-propelled artillery systems

Entered service 2012
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 49.8 t
Length (gun forward) 11.7 m
Hull length ?
Width 3.5 m
Height 3.4 m
Main gun 155-mm howitzer
Barrel length 52 calibers
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Projectile weight ?
Maximum firing range 30 - 40 km
Maximum rate of fire 6 rpm
Elevation range - 3.5 to + 70 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 60 rounds
Machine guns ?
Engine S-12U diesel
Engine power 850 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Range 650 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.8 m
Fording 1 m


   The Krab (crab) self-propelled howitzer, developed by BAE Systems Land Systems, won international competition to meet future self-propelled artillery systems requirement for the Polish Army. Polish requirement is for 80 howitzers of this type. The first order was expected in 2008. However Polish MoD halted its order due to a possible bribery case. A total of 24 howitzers were ordered. As of 2012 8 howitzers have been built and are in service with the Polish Army. However future of this artillery system is uncertain due to various problems. Indian Army also expressed interest in obtaining these artillery systems.

   Turret of the Krab is almost identical to that installed on the AS90 Braveheart. This turret will be license produced in Poland. It is fitted with 155-mm / L52 howitzer, which is compatible with all standard NATO 155-mm ammunition. The Krab has an automatic projectile loading system and modular charge system. Maximum range of fire is 30 km with standard HE-FRAG projectile and 40 km with rocket assisted. A total of 60 rounds are carried.

   Secondary armament consists of a roof-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun.

   The Krab is fitted with polish fire control system, intercom and radios. Vehicle is completed with Danish muzzle reference system, which tracks outgoing projectiles and adjusts the next shot.

   This self-propelled artillery system has all-welded steel construction. Armor o provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression system.

   The Krab uses modified chassis of the PT-91 Twardy man battle tank. It is powered by S-12U diesel engine, developing 850 horsepower. Vehicle is fitted with a self-entrenching blade. However since 2012 production of the S-12U engine stopped. Another engine was proposed as an alternative. It is German MTU-881 Ka500. However it do not fits in the Krab hull. In 2013 it was reported that Krab will use chassis of the Turkish T-155 Firtina SPH. However in 2014 it was reported that Poland plans to acquire 120 tracked chassis of the South Korean K9 self-propelled howitzer. Actually the T-155 is a license-produced version of the K9. It is likely that it appeared more reasonable to import chassis directly from South Korea. First chassis was completed in 2015. It is planned that 36 units will be produced in South Korea and the rest 84 in Poland.

   A battery of Krab artillery system consists of 6 Krab self-propelled howitzers, 2 ammunition resupply vehicles based on the Star 1466 6x6 trucks, Waran maintenance vehicle and Azalia artillery C3I vehicle.


Video of the Krab self-propelled howitzer

Krab SPH

Krab SPH

Krab SPH

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