G7 howitzer

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G7 105 mm howitzer
Denel G7.jpg
G7 105 mm howitzer
TypeLight howitzer
Place of originSouth Africa
Production history
DesignerDenel Land Systems
DesignedBetween 1995 and 1997
ManufacturerDenel Land Systems
Specifications
Mass3,800 kg (8,400 lb)
LengthTravel: 6.9 m (22 ft 8 in)
Barrel lengthL/52 (excluding muzzle brake)
WidthTravel: 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
HeightTravel: 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in)
Crew5

Caliber105 mm (4.1 in)
BreechSemi-automatic swing and slide type
RecoilGas based with 1 meter travel
CarriageSplit trail
Elevation-5° to +75°
Traverse40°
Rate of fire6 rpm
Muzzle velocityMaximum: 950 m/s (3,100 ft/s)
Maximum firing range32 km (20 mi) with base bleed projectile
SightsTelescopic sight for direct fire and panoramic sight for indirect fire

The G7 is a South African 105 mm howitzer, produced by Denel Land Systems (DLS). With a maximum range of 32 km (20 mi) it outranges all existing 105 mm howitzers, as well as most current 155 mm howitzers (Denel's own 155's not included).[1] During development, it was known as the Light Experimental Ordnance (LEO), with the G7 label being chosen later to fit in with Denel's two existing howitzer products, the G5 towed 155 mm howitzer and the G6 self-propelled 155 mm howitzer.

Potential customers[edit]

In 2004, DLS partnered with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) to offer the gun in self-propelled form to the United States Army. GDLS provided an armoured vehicle (the LAV III), while Denel provided a G7 mounted inside a specially-designed, unmanned turret. The combined system weighs only 17.5 tons when fully loaded with ammunition, making it light enough to be transportable inside a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The combination took part in a number of tests for the US Army. Though currently unfunded, the US Army has indicated a requirement for such a system to equip its Stryker Brigade. The Strykers cannot use current self-propelled and towed howitzers as their weight is a limiting factor on the brigade's mobility.

Interest in the system has also been exhibited by the militaries of South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. In addition, the US Army and United States Marine Corps (USMC) have exhibited interest in the towed version as a possible replacement for their towed 105 mm howitzer stocks.

In parallel with the G7's testing on the LAV-III Denel is also planning to fit it and its turret to a Rooikat armoured vehicle for its offer to the South African Army.

AMLAGC[edit]

In April 2007, it was reported that Armscor, the South African defence procurements agency, was about to award Denel a contract to develop a more advanced version of the G7, to be dubbed the Advanced Multirole Light Artillery Gun Capability (AMLAGC). Under the proposed contract, the G7 would see a "significant increase" in capability, including a weight reduction to 2,500 kg or less and the development of V-LAP ammunition to boost the range to 36 km.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Peck, Michael (2006), An Enhanced 105mm Artillery System - Not Your Father's 105 (PDF), 41st Annual Armament Systems: Guns and Missile Systems Conference & Exhibition 27–30 March 2006 - National Defense Industrial Association, New Orleans, LA
  2. ^ Campbell, Keith. "New contract for defence group expected". Engineering News. Retrieved 1 September 2017.

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