Haubits m/40

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10,5 cm Haubits m/40
Haubits m40H.jpg
10,5 cm Haubits m/40
Type Howitzer
Place of origin Sweden
Service history
In service 1940-today
Used by  Sweden
 Finland
 Estonia
 Thailand
 Netherlands
  Switzerland
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Bofors
Designed 1937
Manufacturer Bofors
Tampella
Produced 1940 -
Variants 105 H 37 (Finnish version)
105 H 61-37 (modernized Finnish version)
10.5 cm Hb Model 46 (Swiss version)
Specifications
Weight 1,970 kg
Length 5.310 m
Crew 7 + 3 reserve

Shell high explosive
Caliber 105 mm
Breech Horizontal sliding-wedge breech or interrupted screw breech
Carriage Split trail with spades
Elevation -5 to +45 degrees
Traverse 50 degrees
Rate of fire 40 rounds per hour
Maximum firing range 10,900 m

The 10,5 cm Haubits m/40 is a Swedish 105 mm howitzer, which was manufactured by Bofors during World War II.

The howitzer was license manufactured both in Finland and in Switzerland. Today, the gun is mainly used as a training gun by the Estonian army.

Operators[edit]

 Estonia
105 H 61-37 version. Ca. 40 units from Finland. Used as training guns.
 Finland
105 H 61-37 version. 140 units, now withdrawn from service, ca. 40 were given to Estonia.
 Netherlands
Used in Dutch East Indies
 Sweden
10,5 cm Haubits m/40, about 400 units in five versions or alterations.
  Switzerland
10.5 cm Hb Model 46 version
 Thailand

Versions[edit]

An H 61-37 in Hameenlinna Museum
10,5 cm Haubits m/40
Original Swedish version
105 H 37
Finnish version manufactured by Tampella
105 H 61-37
Finnish modernized version from the 1960s. Longer L/26 barrel with redesigned muzzle brake, new equilibrators and fixed ammunition for improved rate of fire.
10.5 cm Hb Model 46
Swiss version manufactured in Thun

Specification[edit]

  • Era: World War II
  • Name: 105 mm Haubits m/40
  • Type: Howitzer
  • Nation: Sweden
  • Manufacturer: Bofors
  • Target: General
  • Date: 1937
  • Production Date: 1940 -
  • Service Date: 1940-1990’s
  • Numbers Built
  • Operators: Siam (today Thailand), Netherlands East Indies (today's Indonesia) and in Finland built under license from Bofors as the m/37, Switzerland built under license from Bofors as 10,5 cm Hb Model 46
  • Breech Mechanism: Horizontal sliding-wedge breech or interrupted screw breech
  • Barrel: 22 or 24 (Bore 20,2 cal)
  • Elevation: -5 to +45°
  • Traverse: 50°
  • Caliber:105×155 mm
  • Carriage: Split trail with spades
  • Weight: 1970 kg
  • Length: 5310 mm
  • Shell Types:
  • Action: Case-type separate loading, 6 charges
  • Muzzle velocity: max 449 m/s
  • Tactical range: 10,5 km
  • Maximum range: 10,9 km
  • Rate of Fire:
  • Crew:7 + 3 reserve
  • Transportation: Horse drawn, after 1950 motor traction
  • Miscellaneous: Perforated muzzle brake

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