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155 mm self-propelled howitzer


The SH1 155-mm self-propelled howitzer was developed for the export market

Country of origin China
Entered service ?
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 22 t
Length (gun forward) ?
Hull length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Main gun 155 mm howitzer
Barrel length 52 calibers
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Projectile weight ?
Maximum firing range 53 km
Maximum rate of fire ?
Elevation range 0 to + 70 degrees
Traverse range ?
Ammunition load
Main gun 25 rounds
Machine guns ?
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 1.2 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The SH1 self-propelled howitzer was developed by NORINCO for the export market. Development of this artillery system commenced in 2002. It was first revealed in 2007. Details of this artillery system were released at the same time as were details of the smaller SH2 122 mm truck-mounted howitzer. Pakistan acquired approximately 90 SH1 truck-mounted howitzers. It is also in service with Myanmar.

   The SH1 self-propelled artillery system is fitted with an ordnance of an AH2 155 mm/L52 howitzer. It is compatible with all standard 155 mm NATO ammunition, as well as ammunition developed by NORINCO. Claimed maximum range of fire is 53 km which was achieved with a rocket assisted V-LAP projectile using charge zone 10. In addition this artillery system is able to use indigenous precision guided munitions, based on the Russian Krasnopol laser-guided projectile technology. China obtained this technology in the late 1990s and successfully developed its own precision guided projectiles. Its export designation is GP1. These projectiles have a maximum range of 20 km.

   Ammunition box of the SH1 artillery system houses 25 rounds of seven different types and their modular charges.

   Before firing a large spade is lowered to the ground. It provides more stable firing platform.

   The SH1 is fitted with a computerized fire control system, navigation, positioning and targeting systems. Vehicle receives target information from artillery command vehicle.

   Secondary armament consists of a 12.7 mm machine gun, mounted on top of the roof. This weapon is used for self-defense.

   Vehicle has a crew of five. An armored driving cab provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   The SH1 artillery system uses Wanshan WS5252 6x6 truck chassis. Vehicle can be airlifted by most medium transport aircraft.

   A complete SH-1 regiment comprises 24 truck-mounted howitzers, four battery command post vehicles, one battalion command post vehicle, one meteorological radar, four 6x6 wheeled reconnaissance vehicles and one artillery locating radar.



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