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155 mm self-propelled howitzer

SH-1A howitzer

In 2018 a new truck-mounted howitzer was publicly revealed in China

Country of origin China
Entered service ?
Crew 4 ~ 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 22 t
Length (gun forward) ?
Hull length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Main gun 155 mm
Barrel length 52 calibers
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm (optional)
Maximum firing range ~ 53 km
Maximum rate of fire 4 ~ 6 rpm
Elevation range ?
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 SH-1A is an improved version of the SH-1 truck-mounted howitzer. This artillery system is aimed mainly at export customers. The previous SH-1 had some export success and is used by Myanmar and Pakistan. The improved SH-1A is based on a new 6x6 truck. This artillery system was first observed in 2017. Chinese military adopted a similar SH-15 truck-mounted howitzer. The SH-15 is generally similar, but is based on a different truck with a forward control cab.

   The SH-1A is similar in concept to a French CAESAR truck-mounted howitzer. This improved truck-mounted howitzer is fitted with a 155 mm/L52 gun-howitzer. This is ordnance of the AH-2 field howitzer. This howitzer can use a wide variety of different ammunition. It is compatible with all standard 155 mm NATO ammunition, as well as ammunition developed by NORINCO. The SH-1A is capable of direct and indirect firing. Maximum range of fire is 53 km which can be achieved with a rocket-assisted V-LAP projectile using charge zone 10. In addition this artillery system is compatible with Chinese precision guided munitions. There laser- and GPS-guided projectiles.

   A large spade is lowered to the ground before firing. It provides more stable firing platform. Maximum rate of fire is up to 4-6 rounds per minute. Conversion time form firing to traveling order is only 1 minute. This allows to fire a couple of shells and leave the firing position before hostile forces open a counter-battery fire.

   The SH-1A is fitted with a computerized fire control system, navigation, positioning and targeting systems. Vehicle receives target information from artillery command vehicle.

   A 12.7 mm heavy machine gun can be mounted on the roof for self-defense.

   This howitzer is reportedly based on a new Shaanxi military truck. It carries a complete gun crew of 4 or 5 soldiers.

   This artillery system is highly mobile and can self-deploy over long distances. It can be airlifted by most medium transport aircraft.

   A complete SH-1A regiment includes 24 truck-mounted howitzers, 4 battery command post vehicles, one battalion command post vehicle, one meteorological radar, 4 wheeled reconnaissance vehicles with 6x6 configuration and one artillery locating radar.



SH-1A howitzer

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