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Type 07PA

120 mm self-propelled mortar system

Type 07PA

The Type 07PA artillery system can be used as mortar or howitzer

Country of origin China
Entered service ?
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 17 t
Length 7 m
Width 2.65 m
Height 3.44 m
Main gun 120 mm gun/mortar
Barrel length ?
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Projectile weight ~ 17 kg
Maximum firing range 8.5 / 9.5 km
Maximum rate of fire 8 - 10 rpm
Elevation range - 3 to + 80 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 30 rounds
Machine guns 500 rounds
Engine Dong Feng Cummins 6LTAA8.9-C340 diesel
Engine power 335 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 100 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m


   The Type 07PA is a new Chinese mortar system, specially developed for export. It is also referred as CS/SM2. It is mainly aimed at developing countries. It appeared in 2008. This artillery system is in service with Tanzania.

   It is a version of the PLL-05, based on a Type 07P 8x8 armored personnel carrier. It is worth mentioning that the Type 07P APC is another Chinese product, specially developed for export customers.

   This artillery system can be used as mortar or howitzer, delivering direct or indirect fire. It combines features of both of these weapons. Basicly this artillery system can be considered as a clone of the Russian 2S23 Nona-SVK.

   The Type 07PA is armed with a turret-mounted 120 mm breech-loaded mortar/howitzer. The turret is identical to that, fitted to the PLL-05. It uses rifled rounds, specially developed for this artillery system, and any 120 mm mortar mines. Maximum range of fire is 9.5 km with HE rounds and up to 8.5 km with mortar mines. This artillery system is fitted with a semi-automatic loader. A total of 30 rounds are carried.

   The Type 07PA might be compatible with precision guided munitions.

   There is also a roof-mounted 12.7 mm machine gun. It can be used for self-defense against helicopters and ground targets.

   This artillery system has a crew of 4, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

   This artillery system uses chassis of the Type 07P armored personnel carrier. Vehicle has a welded steel armor hull. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is likely to be fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   Vehicle is powered by a Dong Feng Cummins 6LTAA8.9-C340 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 335 hp. It seems that this vehicle is not amphibious.



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