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T-155 Firtina

155-mm self-propelled howitzer

T-155 Firtina SPH

The T-155 Firtina 155-mm self-propelled howitzer is in service with Turkish Army

 
 
Country of origin Turkey
Entered service 2012 (?)
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 47 t
Length (gun forward) 12 m
Hull length ?
Width 3.4 m
Height 3.43 m
Armament
Main gun 155-mm
Barrel length 52 calibers
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Muzzle velocity ?
Projectile weight ?
Maximum firing range 30 - 40 km
Maximum rate of fire 6 rpm
Elevation range - 2.5 to + 70 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 48 rounds
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine MTU 881 Ka-500 diesel
Engine power 1 000 hp
Maximum road speed 66 km/h
Range 360 - 400 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.75 m
Trench 2.8 m
Fording 1.5 m

 

   The T-155 Firtina (storm) self-propelled howitzer is a modified variant of the Korean K9 Thunder. It uses license-built subsystems of the K9 such as the gun system and loading mechanism. The Turkish Army currently operates over 100 howitzers of this type. It is unknown if more will be acquired, however overall Turkish requirement is speculated to be for 300 new self-propelled howitzers. In 2011 Azerbaijan ordered 36 of these artillery systems. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2014.

   The T-155 Firtina is armed with a 155-mm / L52 howitzer. It is fitted with automatic shell handling and ramming system. The T-155 Firtina is compatible with standard NATO 155-mm ammunition. Maximum range of fire is 30 km with standard HE projectile and 40 km with rocket-assisted projectile.

   The T-155 Firtina is capable of multiple-round simultaneous-impact firing. It fires 3 rounds in 15 seconds, each in different trajectories, so that all of the shells arrive on target at the same time. Sustained rate of fire is 2 rounds per minute.

   The T-155 Firtina is fitted with Turkish fire control and communication systems, which is  compatible with NATO standards.

   Vehicle is powered by a German MTU 881 Ka-500 diesel engine, developing 1 000 horsepower. Howitzers for Azerbaijan will be fitted with different engine. Germany placed an embargo for Azerbaijan due to conflict with Armenia. The T-155 Firtina is fitted with a hydropneumatic suspension.

   There is also a special ammunition resupply vehicle, which carries and replenished ammunition under armor.

 

 
T-155 Firtina SPH

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T-155 Firtina SPH

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