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PLZ-07B

122 mm self-propelled howitzer

PLZ-07B howitzer

The PLZ-07B artillery system is used by the China's marine corps

 
 
Country of origin China
Entered service 2007 (?)
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 25 t
Length ~ 7 m
Width ~ 3.3 m
Height ~ 2.5 m
Armament
Main gun 122 mm
Barrel length 38 calibers (?)
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Projectile weight 14 - 22 kg
Maximum firing range 18 - 27 km
Maximum rate of fire 6 - 8 rpm
Elevation range - 3 to + 70 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 40 rounds
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ~ 600 hp
Maximum road speed 60 ~ 65 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.8 m
Trench ~ 2.5 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The PLZ-07B is a Chinese self-propelled howitzer. It is a version of the PLZ-07, developed specially for China's marine corps. The original PLZ-07 was developed for the China's army. Both of these artillery systems have a similar turret and ordnance, however the PLZ-07B comes with a different hull, adapted for amphibious operations. The PLZ-07B is a successor of the PLZ-89, or Type 89 howitzer, used by the China's marine corps. The new artillery system has improved mobility and firepower over its predecessor.

   This artillery system is armed with a variant of the PL96 122 mm howitzer, which in turn is a copy of the Soviet D-30 towed howitzer. It is a proven design, used on a number of indigenous self-propelled howitzers. The PLZ-07B is fitted with a semi-automatic loader. This artillery system is compatible with standard Chinese and Russian 122 mm ammunition. It fires separate-loaded ammunition. NORINCO developed a whole family of 122 mm ammunition. Maximum range of fire is 18 km with standard High Explosive Fragmentation (HE-FRAG) projectile, 22 km with extended-range projectile and 27 km with rocket assisted projectile.

   Armor of the PLZ-07B provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. NBC protection and automatic suppression systems are fitted as standard.

   There is a roof-mounted 12.7 mm machine gun for self-defense.

   This artillery system is operated by a crew of 5.

   The PLZ-07B uses a modified hull of a ZBD-2000 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle. Though the PLZ-07B lacks hydraulically actuated bow and transom flaps of the ZBD-2000, intended for high-speed swimming. This artillery system is fully amphibious. On water the PLZ-07B is propelled by two waterjets. It an be launched at sea from amphibious assault ships and swim over short distances to shore. The original PLZ-07 used by the China's army is not amphibious and requires a special kit in order to ford water obstacles.

   This artillery system can be airlifted by medium military transport aircraft.

 

Variants

 

   Amphibious support vehicle. It is based on the same hull of the PLZ-07B, but its turret was replaced by a raised superstructure and a crane. Most likely that the main role of this vehicle is transportation of ammunition for the PLZ-07B howitzers.

 

 
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