Cañón 155 mm. L 45 CALA 30

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Cañón 155 mm. L 45 CALA 30
155mm Gun CALA 30 Mk2.jpg
Type Field gun
Place of origin Argentina
Service history
Used by Argentine Army
Production history
Designer CITEFA
Manufacturer DGFM
Specifications
Caliber 155 mm (6.1 in)
Breech interrupted screw
Carriage split trail
Elevation -3° to +67°
Traverse 30° (left and right)
Effective firing range 23 km (14 mi)
Maximum firing range 39 km (24 mi) (with special ammunition)

The 155mm L45 CALA 30/2 Gun (Argentine Army denomination: Cañón 155 mm. L 45 CALA 30) is an Argentinian long range field artillery system developed for and in service with the Argentine Army.

Development[edit]

Developed in late 1980s and early 1990s[citation needed] by CITEFA as Cañón de artillería de largo alcance calibre 155 milímetros L45 CALA 30 in order to supplement (and eventually replace) the CITER 155mm L33 Gun still in service in the Argentine Army.

The development incorporates lessons learned in the use of artillery from the Falklands War. Battlefield scenarios that motivated the L45 development were that British seaborne troops were unable to leave the beaches for an extended period of time. Argentine forward observers could not call in long range artillery since it the longest range guns, the 155mm L33, were too widely dispersed and out of range. Cluster munitions were developed for use on the L45 for this reason as well.

CITEFA designed an improved version, known as CALA 30/2, which incorporated improvements from testing of the first prototype. This was tested in 1996, when a range of 39 km was claimed using special ammunition EFRB-BB (Extended Range Full Bore – Base Bleed).

Service[edit]

It is believed that small numbers are in service with the Argentine Army.[1][2]

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References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ JANE’S Armour and Artillery 2009-2010, p.857
  2. ^ [1] Specifications of CALA 30 in Argentine Army, Artillery Branch website

Bibliography[edit]

  • Foss, Christopher F. (June 2009). Jane's Armour & Artillery, 2009-2010 (22nd ed.). Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-2882-4. 

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