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155 mm self-propelled gun-howitzer


The T5-52 truck-mounted artillery system was developed to meet the potential requirements of India

Country of origin South Africa
Entered service -
Crew 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 28 t
Length 10.1 m
Width 2.9 m
Height 3.48 m
Main gun 155 mm
Barrel length 52 calibers
Machine guns -
Maximum firing range 55 km
Maximum rate of fire 8 rpm
Elevation range - 3 to + 75 degrees
Traverse range 80 / 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 27 rounds
Machine guns -
Engine diesel
Engine power 355 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Range 600 km
Gradient 40%
Side slope 25%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.4 m


   The T5-52 truck mounted gun-howitzer was developed by Denel Land Systems. First prototype of this artillery system was revealed in 2002. It is a South African counterpart to the French CAESAR truck-mounted howitzer, developed to meet the potential requirements of India. Development of this artillery system is completed, however there were no confirmed sales.

   The T5 was previously dubbed the Condor and was armed with a 155 mm/L45 weapon. The second model, the T5-52, utilizes the G5-2000 towed howitzer top carriage. This artillery system is compatible with standard NATO 155 mm ammunition. Projectiles are fed automatically onto the rammer tray from the magazine. Charge loading is semi-automatic.

   Maximum range of fire is 42.5 km with rocket assisted projectile and 55 km with V-LAP or velocity enhanced projectile, developed by Denel. The T5-52 is capable of MRSI or multiple round simultaneous impact firing. It can fire up to six rounds to hit the target simultaneously. This artillery system can fire in 360 arc, however it has to return to the 80 arc to simplify the loading process. Normally the T5-52 fires backward in relation to the vehicle. This artillery system fires forward only in case of emergency. Vehicle also has a direct firing capability.

   The T5-52 has an operating crew of four and additional four crew members to prepare and supply the ammunition. A crew of four can bring the gun into or out of action within 60 seconds.

   The T5-52 is mounted on the modified 8x8 Tatra T815 WN truck chassis. This truck is manufactured in India under license. Vehicle is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine, developing 355 hp. To provide a more stable firing platform, this truck has three stabilizer blades.  Cab of this artillery system is unarmored, however protection against 5.56 mm rounds can be fitted as an option.



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